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"I Choose Joy" October 22, 2021

Updated: Oct 25, 2021

My first Book Sale/Book Signing was an invitation to Black Paperback: A Book Fair supporting local Black Writers outside the Amphitheater, in Iroquois Park, Louisville, KY. I was excited to be a vendor, and my daughter, Tameka, made sure I had a captivating setup! One of the most compelling statements centered at the front of my table was the black and white signed titled, "I Choose Joy."

When going through a storm, a crisis, the unknown, it is hard to look in the face of JOY! "Do Not Despise Small Beginnings," a chapter of my personal story, Walking in the Shadow of a Schizophrenic / Power of Forgiveness, I talk about my childhood, which wasn't the worst, but not the best either. *The chapter depicts many negative issues in my early environment/upbringing.

I alluded to this chapter because abused babies from the womb lack the attributes and care which brings about happiness: A small child who hasn't begun to live life, and experiences interruptions preventing any connection to love, laughter, affection, positive communication, self-respect, dignity, protection, many of which are essentials for understanding what joy in the heart is like during teen, adolescent, and adulthood. (Chapter 1)

It doesn't end there. Consequently, children suffer from a mental state called psychosis (inappropriate behaviors, impaired thinking, minor to severe depression). It is disturbing, painful, and hurtful. Childhood never was meant to be cumbersome and brutal, as we see in such a time as these! *"They Rose Above the Shadow of Their Father" is another topic in my book, where I speak on my children's personal experience with mental illness. voice. (Chapter 121)

The circumstances surrounding my children prompted me to fight with everything within me! I wanted to ensure their happiness and the key to having joy in their spirit. God gets all the glory! I wouldn't have been able to fight for my children. Life is short. It has its ups/downs, curveballs, hurdles, obstacles, pitfalls, and poison darts. Despite the traumatics of early childhood, my children and I are survivors.

If allowed, life can teach resilience, to be tenacious, goal-driven, perseverance, and humbleness. Life will always be life, as long as I have breath in my body. Life will do what it does - it brings hardships along with blessings. Life's journey refines in various ways and on so many levels. Regardless of the outcome, I have grown to keep my mind's heart on the Lord, Jesus Christ. "I Choose Joy."

"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." Proverbs 4:23

[The heart is the leadership tool we have. It's not your experience, knowledge, or skills. The heart matters the most."] Three reasons why we must guard our hearts:

  1. Our heart is valuable. We don't guard worthless things."

  2. Our heart is the source of everything we do. (Solomon says it is the "wellspring of life." Our heart overflows into thoughts, words, and actions.)

  3. Our heart is under constant attack. When Solomon says to guard your heart, he implies that we live in a combat zone-one in which all are affected. Many of us are oblivious to the reality of this war.

"Walking in the Shadow of a Schizophrenic / Power of Forgiveness," is available now! Kindle E-book Access my Website: home page buttons for more information, customer reviews/ratings, etc.

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