2019 begins with my thriller “HIGH GROUND” reaching 1,497 copies including eBook, paperback and Kindle Unlimited editions, since it was released thirteen months ago. MANY thanks to each of you who bought a copy and made this small dream comes true.
As we come to the end of a fractious and frustrating year and the start of a new one, I pray we all may find some of the forgiveness and redemption that the characters do in my novel.
Sometimes we hang on to our hatred and dislikes far past the point where they are really still meaningful even to us, but we have become locked into that mindset. Changing the way we see others seems like giving up, in that brain-loop. Yes, there was a really good reason for us to be angry, or resolute, or unbending. But today, truth be told, we have to work to dredge up the same emotion over the issue.
There’s an old expression that sometimes we won’t stop hating our enemies because we have too much invested in them. Another says we’d never want to see actual harm come to them, because then we’d have to find someone else to put all of that negative energy on.
One reason psychotherapy can sometimes help people is that when we are asked to express our feelings openly and candidly in the light of day they can seem so small and trivial that we are embarrassed to keep hanging on to them. But then, if we do let these things go someone could point to our change as being proof of our guilt or culpability. Possibly, but would that really be worse than where we are now? At least we then know that we stopped the insanity on our side of the fence. We never could do much about what anyone else does on theirs.
Hatred is a hot coal that only burns the person who carries it around.
So, for this new year I wish you, me, all of us, Peace, Love and Joy in all of our lives.
Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.