Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Proverbs 18:21
Today is my birthday. I'm grateful to God, the giver of all life. I'm grateful to my mother, for giving birth to me and raising me "in the way that I should go" (Proverbs 22:6). And I'm also grateful to those who have spoken into my life, like family, friends, teachers, spiritual leaders. This blog is about one such person: my sister Lisa.
She gave me this book mark a little over 16 years ago, in April of 2002. It was in celebration of a milestone in my life. After 21 years in the telecommunications industry, I left Verizon (formerly Bell Atlantic, Bell of Pennsylvania, and my favorite, Ma Bell) to pursue my dream of becoming a published author. The first thing I did was to transform my basement into a home office, complete with a brand new desk top computer and office furniture from my favorite store, IKEA. Then I created an online store to sell products featuring my poetry, like a wall calendar, a 12 month calendar, writing journals, and greeting cards (www.cafepress.com). That October I attended my first Christian Writers Conference at Sandy Cove Christian Retreat Center in Maryland. It was so thrilling to be a room with hundreds of Christian writers, editors, publishers and agents. I left determined to become a modern day Helen Steiner-Rice. Little did I know it would be seven more years until my dream of becoming a published author would finally come to pass.
During those seven years there were several people who constantly encouraged me not to let go of my dream. One was my mother, who, as most mothers are, has been and still is my biggest supporter. Another one was my sister Lisa. More than giving me this book mark back in 2002 (which I still have today) she is living proof that dreams do come true. As a business owner, entrepreneur, volunteer, and mentor, she is my living, breathing example of how to hold on to, pursue, and never let go of, your dreams. But more than that, the one thing that stands out in my mind is that no matter how busy or challenged she may be at any given time, it has never stopped her from helping, supporting, and encouraging someone else.
Although I am now the author of six titles (with several more in development), I've gained something even more valuable: my sister's ability to speak life into someone else's dreams. In addition to publishing my own works, as a mentor, writing coach and publishing consultant, I've expanded my dream to include helping other writers bring their unpublished works to print.
Speak life into someone else's dream. You're already living yours.