Who is Melody Beattie: and can she help me?

Let's be grateful for our talents

Melody Beattie is someone that I have know about for only one week. Those who love her will ask, upon reading about my "lack of knowledge," "you mean to say you never knew Melody Beattie before?"

And I will say to them, "No, there are many things that I do not know. I am learning all the time."

Let's share a few ideas from her creative work in order to lay a foundation upon which to work from as I write this discourse.

The following sentences were written by Melody Beattie:

"Gratitude" unlocks the fullness of life.

It turns what we have into enough,

and more.

It turns denial into acceptance,

chaos into order,

confusion to charity.

It can turn a meal into a feast,

a house into a home,

a stranger into a friend.

Gratitude makes sense of our past,

brings peace for today,

and creates a vision for tomorrow."

Let's think upon and make the spirit of the words created by Melody Beattie our own. As we approach this Thanksgiving Day, 2011, we have a lot to be thankful for, even as we suffer, in this midst of this stubbon economic recession. Things will get better if we hold fast to the idea that have been given to us by Melody Beattie above.

Melody's life has not always been an easy one, and from time of her childhood she faced and suffered adversities that could have caused her to lose hope for the future.

What does this stuff about Melody Beattie have to do with the idea of writing great hubs, one may ask? My hubs are normally written in such a way that 500 words is the goal for the length of my composition. The reason that my hubs are short has to do with my lifestyle as a caretaker, a doctor, a producer of quality foods, and with my role as a leader and an example, model citizen of the greater global community.

So one may ask, "What are you teaching us about writing quality hubs?" And my answer is "I am teaching you how to write from your heart." Write everything that you write, from your heart. Even if you write a recipe for cooking a special dish, write it from your heart. If you write about how to change the oil in your car, write if from your heart. Write everything from your heart. Do you think that Melody Beattie would be the great writer that she is if she did not write everything that she writes, from her heart?

You can be a great writer also, but you must be serious, and careful, to do your best, writing from your heart. If you want to write something funny, then write something funny. Just do your best to be sure that you write what you are thinking and write it well. Do your writing have to be perfect, that is grammatically perfect? No. But is must be the best that you can do. We writers, in the greater global community, realize, that no one is perfect, and humans do make mistakes. Even great writers make mistakes, and proof readers make good money reading and proofing the works of professional writers, who make good money. You and I must "proof" our own works before we publish them, as best as we can. Our readers will forgive us if we are not perfect. But they will not forgive us if we do not work, and I have used work intentionally, to "drive home" the idea that we must always work to be better at our task of writing well.

Writing is, first of all, a lot of fun to do, if you develop a passion for it. This is why Melody Beattie is such a great writer, and others like her.

I have written more than my normal 500 word goal for my "length of document." This is okay. It has been a "Joy" writing for you, and I wish you Joy, Peace, Love and Happiness.

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