The harshest, most difficult but accurate criticism I've ever had was from my mother who pointed out to me that my shyness was a form of being self-centered. Man, that hurt! I was quite certain she was wrong in her assessment because I wasn't selfish, I was always willing to share and I was always looking for ways I could 'help'. I wanted attention, but I didn't know how to handle it. I longed for friends, but couldn't reach out for them and waited to see if they would come to me. It took way too many years for me to realize my mother was correct. How did I resolve this issue? It wasn't an overnight thing, but I eventually knew that there were lots of people just like me who wanted to be known and appreciated for who they are, and I became a 'people watcher'. I noticed and complimented, I spoke to those who were lonely and tried to draw them out, If they had problems I asked how they were doing. Basically it boils down to noticing and caring for people individually instead of waiting to be on the receiving end. It's a great formula and one that can work for anyone and it actually makes you feel better about yourself.
Published by Marie Hunter Atwood
I was born on the day all the banks closed in 1933 and men, who had previously been rich business men threw themselves out of the windows of tall buildings rather than endure the shame of having no money. It was called the great depression, and it not only affected America, it touched the world. In addition, in the Plains Area where I was born, the worst dust storm ever seen raged non-stop with valuable top-soil swirling about in the atmosphere and in homes, blogging heads and chests and causing thousands born in subsequent decades to suffer respiratory diseases. As strange as it might seem, these two events were an incredible influence on my life. One never knows when something terrible is about to happen. Do the best you can and share with those in need. We were put on the earth for a reason. Find and share your specific role and give to others as we are messengers for God. I am a writer. I write because I have this feeling inside me that it is a necessity. My first two books are spiritual ones that are written for the understanding in order that we may be able then to follow in His footsteps. My first book points out God's continuity and His sameness for all of us. He has no partiality. His requirement for us today is the same as it was in the First Century. Believe and Obey. The second book fills us in on the path to spirituality. His directions are included in the Bible text. We are all different in problems, interests, and and yet we are all alike in learning how to overcome the attitudes that harm us. My third book is fresh off the press and is a Love Story that deals with how to determine true love. It is a love story with God in mind. I think you will appreciate why I gave it the sub-title "A Metamorphosis. The Main title is To Those Who Would Love. The difficulty is that, as the author, I avoided all discussion of growth, and just let her manage her own heart. I fell in love with the word Metamorphosis, the sub-title, because it is such a main stream that winds in and out of our lives. The title, however,is To Those Who Would Love. View all posts by Marie Hunter Atwood