Peggy Hattendorf has written a novel that sounds like a must-read. And NoniJ sure knows how to get an author to open up. Be sure to like her site.
A nice bit of flash fiction from a writer I admire.
“You’re such a liar.”
“Shut up. You have NO idea what you’re talking about.” I didn’t care if he did or not, but I wasn’t in the mood for anything he had to say right now.
There was only one problem with that. “That empty hole in your chest, the cold-hollow ache in your bones like a cancer…you know what it is.” He just never knows when to shut up and didn’t give a crap about my moods.
“This is none of your business, so for the last time shut it.” If I clenched my teeth any tighter they would break.
“This is just as much mine as yours. I’m just not the coward here who’s afraid to admit the truth.” I hated him. I wasn’t a coward, I just didn’t want to hurt again. I didn’t want the tidal waves to come pounding back in where her love had…
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This is so true! When we “get over ourselves” and put others first, we forget our own troubles, or at least realize others have worse situations than ours, and we can have compassion and spread love and grace.
I want to encourage you to begin to live a life in which you focus on others some of the time. I am not challenging you to become the modern-day Gandhi where you quit your job, take up a life of mission work and trek off to save the world from poverty, hunger and war. I am simply saying that each of us need to consider what we are doing to make the world a better place in the form of helping.
I know for a fact that adopting the worldview of being charitable will bring you fulfillment in life. Giving your time, conversation, love and kindness to another human being will bring joy into your life and fill your heart in ways you never…
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Amen. We may not want to hear it either when the doctor says the cure what ails us is to get more exercise or lose some weight, but that doesn't change the fact that our health may depend on it.