The purpose of the website was so personal. Yet I felt compelled to bring it to others. To share a dream I've seen come to life in my mind and heart for so many years. But you can't force a dream. And that presented a challenge. How was I supposed to bring something so personal to life for the reader?
I hadn't anticipated that I might get some negative reviews about the site either. A few people told me that they were left feeling a bit sad and empty after reading Beth's and Katherine's stories. That was devistating for me hear. The people whose stories I wanted to tell deserved better than a misdirected author clumsily grasping for understanding of her own purposes.
Wanting to carry on, but having no desire to bring negativity in any form to anyone, I froze in place. I simply stopped. I pondered. I regrouped. And I wrestled with the question; was it worth another shot? The more time passed, the less likely that seemed. And that presented a problem, because by then I had already received permission from numerous people to publish their stories.
Those stories were alive inside of me. They were precious to me. People I knew and respected had entrusted me with them. Daily, the strories greeted me, but I had nothing to offer other than the promise to carry them close to my heart.
The original idea was to inspire. To uplift. And I hadn't entirely accomplished that. And so, like cupping butterflies tightly in the palms of my hands, I held the stories close. So afraid to let them go.
But with time I understood. To hold on so tightly, like butterflies cupped in the palms of my hands, would be to keep their beauty hidden. And if butterflies are held for too long, their wings become damaged. They lose the ability to fly and eventually, they die.
I didn't want these stories to die. I wanted them to fly. The amazing people who had told me their stories deserved better. They deserved to have their stories written and read. Understood and considered.
After a time I began to understand, like any dream, World4Good will unfold in its own way. I can no more direct its destination any more than I can tell a butterfly where it should fly.
I hope you enjoy the unfolding of World4Good. The stories are real. And soft, like wings of a butterfly, they will touch you and remind you that even in the midst of trial and struggle, there is beauty and triumph. Restoration and redemption.
This newest story is an example of continued motivation. We all face struggle. And then we face the question; how do we proceed as the strife dissapates and life resumes as it once was?
Click here to learn about an inspiring young man, Geoff Cseh, Jr.
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Peace and blessings.