Pushing Through Writing Failure with the Help of a Lost Horse by Heather Mackey

Just what the doctor ordered. I am struggling with writing. I have so many challenges and so many messages to share. And my self worth is next to nothing. And I’m struggling to get to the next junction in the road of life.

Nerdy Book Club

Stories thrive on reversals. You get your heart’s desire, only it turns out to be the worst thing that could happen to you. Or, it looks like all is lost, but then somehow you save the day.

One of my favorite examples of the narrative power of reversal is found in a very simple story from China called “The Lost Horse.” I encountered it through storyteller Joel ben Izzy, who wrote a fantastic book called The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness. In “The Lost Horse,” a wise man goes through a series of reversals of fortune. Whether the change is favorable or not, his response is always the same: What seems like a blessing could be a curse. What seems like a curse could be a blessing.

I remember this story so well because—after a great deal of misery and self-flagellation—I recognize it as the story of my…

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What! You Want The Public to Pay for Your Wedding?

Photo taken by:  Annette Harrison
Photo taken by: Annette Harrison

Are you crazy!  Can you help me pay for my son’s college tuition?

Today 7 News of Denver posted an article asking people if they would turn to crowdfunding to help pay for their wedding.  I was appalled to read that people have stooped to such level of greed.  So I commented with the following:

Never have I ever gotten upset with a post from your station until today! LOL’s. People can do what they want and ask for what they want but it doesn’t mean I have to support it. And if people are living outside of their means and others want to be foolish enough to support it then each party have my blessings. But this post upsets me for many reasons and many of those reasons have been stated.

Why would I pay a $ towards a person’s wedding or honeymoon. It’s their wedding it’s their honeymoon. And its rude to ask people you don’t know for anything let alone something so extravagant as a wedding or honeymoon.

The wonderful thing about gift giving is that it is an expression of love. Love has no boundaries, yet, this act places boundaries on love and gift giving; and removes boundaries from money and logic. It’s another act that removes self-respect from people’s characters. It truly shows how young people these days are being raised with no self-respect. No wonder we have all these senseless killings.

People need to sort through their priorities!

Because there is no commitment in any of this! No commitment on the parent’s part to pay for their daughter’s wedding. No commitment on the groom’s part to pay for the honeymoon. HONEYMOON! Get it! He’s the one that is having the intimacy pleasure in enjoying her “honey” not the public! And if he can’t afford to pay for her ‘honey’ in an overused bed then he should not be taking her hand in marriage!

Listen up needy couples!

Listen up young man!  If a woman and her family can’t afford to pay for her a lavish wedding don’t allow them to drag you down with them by asking the public for pleasure money.  Take a stand and tell them you want a small wedding you can afford.  Don’t you realize they are taking your manhood away when they go begging the public for money?  Or, are you a man?!!

Listen up young woman!  If a man can’t afford to take you on a honeymoon of your choice then you need to become acquainted to living within his means at the beginning of your and his life’s journey as man and wife.  Because if you don’t, I see some dark and rocky days ahead for the both of you!  And divorce is right around the corner!  Learn how to build your man’s manhood and a future with lasting memories.  Instead of building a wedding that will end on a sour note as each of you are feeling to damn with the memories that other people paid for.

Nothing in life worth having comes easy!  So stop trying to live like the Joneses.