An Open Letter

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One voice

There is something to be said about being afraid to speak up. For many people, it is a matter of not rubbing certain folks the wrong way or looking bad in the eyes of people. For others, it is a matter of just not caring enough to say a word; saving their cares for their own lives.

As a writer, you have to find your voice.

For some writers it’s an easy task and for others it is quite difficult. Some mimic the voices of other writers in an effort to play it safe. And some carve their own path with the hopes that people will respect them for it.

In A Handbook for the Productive Writer, Bryan Collins writes, “When you write, take a stance. Have an opinion and pick a fight.”

“Be a heretic,” says Rob Booker, “The secret of heretic-ship is simple. Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there.” (From Build a Tribe, Not a Business)

“Swing Your Slingshot”, Mary Fernandez states, “Creating an us versus them scenario builds solidarity and brings your tribe closer to you.” (From 9 Surefire Strategies for Standing Out in a Sea of Sameness)

If we’re going to do great work, it means that some people aren’t going to like it. ~Seth Godin (From Is Everyone Entitled to Their Opinion)

Many writers will tell you that being yourself is the best type of writer you can be. Having the willingness to use your words in a way that will make people take notice is a gift.

Even if you are not a writer, being able to stand and say what others may be thinking takes strength and courage.

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ~Nelson Mandela

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. ~Helen Keller

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. ~Muhammad Ali

Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience. ~Paulo Coelho

These quotes and many others have inspired me in a way that I truly did not expect. There is always an apprehension when it comes to addressing particular subjects. I tend to rant and rave behind closed doors but never openly discuss what’s on my mind.

Then it happened.

I couldn’t sleep a little over a week ago, tossing and turning until my bed sheets were all over the place. Suddenly, I jumped up, grabbed my laptop and proceeded to type out what was keeping me awake.

The words flew out of me and onto the computer screen. Once done, I couldn’t have been more proud that I finally said some things I thought when no one was around.

For the next few days I took to editing and rewriting these strong feelings and emotions, molding them into just the right way. It took almost two weeks but ultimately it became the realest post I have ever written.

This post, which can be found on I Mean, Really Dude, is an open letter to many groups which have negative ideas. It is not with the intention to be malicious. It is, however, written with love and the hope that people will take heed.

One voice can change the world as long as it makes a sound. ~Trina Lynne

 

Unconquered

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A week or two ago I was talking to my mother when an Xbox commercial came on. Instinctively, my mother began reciting the poem in which the narrator was reciting. I looked from my mom to the television and back to my mom. It was so amazing. I asked her how she knew what the narrator was saying and she said it was the poem, “Invictus” which she had learned as a child.

At that point I decided to look the poem up and realized how profound it was. On further conversation with my mom, she told me the poem was my Pop-Pop’s (her father) favorite and he had even used it in a sermon before. Immediately I began to read and re-read the poem. Eventually, I created a graphic using the poem and if you look at the Home page of this site, you will see it.

This poem has become an inspiration for me. Invictus means unconquered in Latin. It speaks to dealing with adversity.

Over the course of my life I have been through so many things. I’ve been abused; mentally, physically and emotionally. I’ve been used. I’ve gone through times of depression due to my bipolar disorder. I have had times when I didn’t believe in myself or my abilities. I’ve dealt with negativity, disappointment and rejection.

You know what?!

Regardless of all that, I always manage to fight. I never lay down on the mat until the count of ten. I always get up and force my way forward. And as long as I remain in charge of my fate I will always be the captain of my soul. No one or nothing can bring me down unless I allow it.

That is something I will say to anyone who is reading this. As long as you believe in you, there is nothing you can’t do. Fight the good fight and be true to yourself in whatever that means. Never allow others to define who you are. Be the captain of your soul.

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On A Mission

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On my recent trip to the neighborhood library, I once again checked out a variety.

When I first got to the branch I was on a mission. My aim was to find a book on lupus. My absolute favorite cousin was diagnosed with this disease when she was 12. I didn’t understand what it was when I was younger and because we live in different states we never really talked about it. Now, as an adult, and especially because she’s in need of a kidney, I wanted to learn as much as I could about this little known disease.

After a couple of rows of searching in the Health section, I found just what I had been looking for – The Lupus Book: A Guide for Patients, And Their Families by Daniel J. Wallace, M.D. I was so excited, I almost did a happy dance in the aisle.

Next, I went to the Writer’s section. Allowing my eyes to peruse the neat little area, Reading Like A Writer by Francine Prose jumped out at me.  It seemed like a good pick up, considering I’m a writer who likes to read.

With two books down and two to go, I headed to the Classics section. The choice I made was  pretty easy. I went with Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck. It may seem a primitive selection however I’ve never read it. I heard good things though.

For my last choice I looked for something quirky.. I found a book called Dump ‘Em by Jodyne L. Speyer. Apparently it shows how to beak up with anyone from your best friend to your hairdresser. It seemed interesting.

That was everything and I walked out the library a happy girl.

My first read, of course, The Lupus Book.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. ~Dr. Seuss

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient teachers. ~Charles William Eliot

To donate funds for my cousin’s kidney transplant:

Please send checks or money orders to –

Suad S Sabree / Kidney Fund
P.O. Box 19851
Atlanta Ga 30316-7851

 

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Crazy

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The confident persona that hides the little girl

Screaming, crying, frustrated with the world

No one hears her sobbing while she dies inside

Too busy staring at the mask she wears on the outside

Gracious and kind

Slowly losing her mind

Pain runs through her like blood flow

The tears give her a saddened glow

Trying desperately to ignore it all

Can you hear her pleas and calls

She screams for happiness in vain

Are you listening? She’s going insane

Hiding in the shadows of a face barely aged

Within, all she feels is rage

Shielding herself from all outside forces

The pain has too many sources

Waiting for some kind of sign

Deteriorating with time

There is a need to rebuild the soul

Shed all of the past woes

Release all fear of judgment

Search for true sustenance

Let the butterfly wings spread

Before the inner torment deems her dead

 

For more poetry and prose, check out The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: The Struggle of Being Bipolar

 

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