Faith

BE BOLD

What keeps us from living our #dreams? #Fear of the unknown? A diminished #confidence in our abilities? Today and every day we step forward, literally and figuratively, without hesitation or apology, and BE #BOLD. We step into the #light that is the unknown becoming known, because we ARE #courage. We ARE #faith. All we need to see is #POSSIBILITY. The rest we WILL become, because we already are, because of that all-important spark within each of us—our essence—our #truth.

—#LorettaBoyerMcClellan

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Gratitude During Uncertain Times

As a young adult gazing at my mother’s cupboards, they were beyond-full of supplies. She had more Q-tips, more toilet paper, more first aid supplies, soap and shampoo, and more deodorant than she’d need in what seemed like two lifetimes. She had canned goods beyond the kitchen pantry, lining her garage cupboards too, right along with the tools.

I was proud of her preparedness, but also a little bit concerned with what might have been an “alarmist” attitude, stocking up for an Armageddon likely not to happen. My perspective came from a life of never having real lack–real starvation or hardship like she did as a sharecropper’s daughter. Sure, I wore my cousin’s hand me down clothes and we economized growing up, but real scarcity was not in my wheelhouse of life experience, for which I’ve been grateful.

Fast-forward in time and life’s challenges in living in a global pandemic provide a reminder of the many blessings many of us may have taken for granted. My parents and their generation, born during the Great Depression, endured market crashes, under- or unemployment, or even sneaking a piece of banana from a pig’s trough due to ongoing hunger. Look at Depression-era photos to see the hardship, the stark contrast to what many of us have not experienced in our comforts in life. It is this contrast between comfort and anticipated lack that drives people to buy up stockpiles of toilet paper. Fear does that to people. Nobody wants to feel pain or disruption of the status quo of abundance of life’s simple niceties.

People are contracting this Coronavirus, worldwide, and many are dying from it. People are anticipating or even dealing with loss of employment. The media memes of big box store supply-hoarding are starting to wane because the dreaded virus has finally become relevant in their midst, to their community. It’s no longer something to poke fun at because it’s become real. That doesn’t mean rule out humor, however, because when life gives you lemons, laughter really is the best coping mechanism.

So how else do we cope during this time of uncertainty? Prayer has been a lifeline even in good times, to voice gratitude; in times of turmoil prayer is the manna—that deep-down nourishment that sustains the soul—that cannot be substituted. Purpose may feel a bit muddled for the moment, but we will find it and run with it, because it too nourishes us.

A fulfilling purpose is service. Service in the home, and even while we are separating as a community to quell the spread of illness—particularly for those most vulnerable—with technology in place we can still serve in our community, even worldwide, through social media and other measures we feel inspired to do. Perhaps some may drive around our communities in their pickup trucks—their self-contained quarantine-mobiles—and fly our nation’s flag like we did after 9/11, reminding us that we are undivided and cannot be thwarted.

We can also cope like generations before us. We can “use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without” as needed to the best of our abilities. Learn to crochet reusable washcloths via an online tutorial or call up Grandma for wisdom. We try to grow our own food and chase away the snails and slugs from dining on our sustenance.

Previous generations endured polio and Spanish Flu, among other illness, World Wars and much more, without the medical know-how of today or the connection we have of social media and other technology to bridge the physical and emotional distance. Yes, that “connection” from technology that some lament that isn’t real or in-person becomes a lifeline of sorts as well. And if it were to dissapear during quarantine there is still prayer, prayer to a loving God who is not punishing us with a pandemic. It is what is is. Now we need to make the most of our situation and remember that we are never truly alone or forgotten.

In times of trial we more readily listen to that still, small voice of inspiration, and we innovate. We adapt, if needed. The lines of politics fade during times of necessity, because in times of necessity we seek the meaningful, the things that don’t divide but heal and uplift.

We are in need of spiritual support and sustainment. The body and mind can only take us so far. Strength of spirit is our real measurement of who we are as individuals and as a collective society.

Gratitude is a meaningful practice and perspective that enhances all situations. As we consider what it is we really need to endure the unknown, may we cultivate gratitude. And yes, we can be grateful for toilet paper.

Coronavirus may be a very brief blip on the radar of life, especially in the grand scheme of things. What we do during this “downtime” can influence us for good and for eternity.

—Loretta Boyer McClellan, March 14, 2020

Book Launch: The Little Book of Everlasting Joy


NOW AVAILABLE! LORETTA’S FIFTH BOOK IN PAPERBACK PRINT ON-DEMAND:
The Little Book of Everlasting Joy: 16 Pieces of Wisdom for Our Time 
Published July 16, 2018
Click Here to BUY NOW

Synopsis: What is joy? Joy is a multifaceted, precious gem of infinite worth and Divine origin, attainable and sustainable by everyone. This is both premise and promise of The Little Book of Everlasting Joy.

Whether one considers this a volume of poetry, a philosophical work, or a primer for living our truth—as that is the foundation of joy—these 16 insightful pieces of wisdom speak to the masses of the sanctity of a life worth living. This is a guidebook for our time to living our work in progress, to progress in this life of magnificent abundance.

Joy is the celebration of the begotten.

50 pages. For readers age 12+.


FROM THE AUTHOR:
On writing The Little Book of Everlasting Joy: 16 Pieces of Wisdom for Our Time

“Joy is a topic that I have been ruminating on for some time now. In my last book and memoir, The Nature of Being: A Healing Journey, I reflected on joy as the outcome of living my true nature, and that by doing so, I AM Joy. Going forward, that experience of introspection affected me deeply, particularly as a writer. To BE Joy, I needed to write not just from the heart, as I always have, but to also write with an open authenticity of absolute fearlessness, one of the 16 topics in my latest work, The Little Book of Everlasting Joy. This courage opened myself up for a gift, a writer’s prompt that I share in the preface of my new book.

“Society has changed as of late, bringing about an amplification of this inner dialogue on the subject of Joy as not just something we can aspire to as a quality to become and maintain, but a lens to observe all things through, to embrace as our Divine right. With the escalation of troubled times and equally troubled souls, things fell into place for a self-help book to emerge, an inspirational work that unlocks the hidden treasure of joy as not just a lasting state of being, but a primary reason for our existence, despite the suffering of mind, body and/or spirit. As are all my writing endeavors, The Little Book of Everlasting Joy: 16 Pieces of Wisdom for Our Time was a lesson to ponder and apply for myself, first and foremost.

“I wish readers joy on their journey, and joy everlasting.”  —Loretta Boyer McClellan


American Author, Artist and Poet, Loretta Boyer McClellan, sees the art of writing as an exciting medium and source of abundant joy in the creative process.  Her multilayered career as a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry;conscious PR, brand, graphic design, and communications; and as an Arts instructor, journalist, and artist, “sized the canvas” for a fruitful life of expression.  Author of The Little Book of Everlasting Joy: 16 Pieces of Wisdom for Our Time, The Nature of BEing: A Healing Journey, The Misthaven of Maine Series, and Dodging Raindrops: Poems and Prose of Beauty, Peace and Healing, Loretta creates from the heart.

Text and cover art © 2018 Loretta McClellan; all rights reserved.
Author headshot by Frank Leonard; used with permission.

Coming Soon: The Little Book of Everlasting Joy


 

COMING SOON: The Little Book of Everlasting Joy: 16 Pieces of Wisdom for Our Time

Synopsis:

What is joy? Joy is a multifaceted, precious gem of infinite worth and Divine origin, attainable and sustainable by everyone. This is both premise and promise of The Little Book of Everlasting Joy.

Whether one considers this a volume of poetry, a philosophical work, or a primer for living our truth—as that is the foundation of joy—these 16 insightful pieces of wisdom speak to the masses of the sanctity of a life worth living. This is a guidebook for our time to living our work in progress, to progress in this life of magnificent abundance.

Joy is the celebration of the begotten.


FROM THE AUTHOR:
On writing The Little Book of Everlasting Joy: 16 Pieces of Wisdom for Our Time

“Joy is a topic that I have been ruminating on for some time now. In my last book and memoir, The Nature of Being: A Healing Journey, I reflected on joy as the outcome of living my true nature, and that by doing so, I AM Joy. Going forward, that experience of introspection affected me deeply, particularly as a writer. To BE Joy, I needed to write not just from the heart, as I always have, but to also write with an open authenticity of absolute fearlessness, one of the 16 topics in my latest work, The Little Book of Everlasting Joy. This courage opened myself up for a gift, a writer’s prompt that I share in the preface of my new book.

“Society has changed as of late, bringing about an amplification of this inner dialogue on the subject of Joy as not just something we can aspire to as a quality to become and maintain, but a lens to observe all things through, to embrace as our Divine right. With the escalation of troubled times and equally troubled souls, things fell into place for a self-help book to emerge, an inspirational work that unlocks the hidden treasure of joy as not just a lasting state of being, but a primary reason for our existence, despite the suffering of mind, body and/or spirit. As are all my writing endeavors, The Little Book of Everlasting Joy: 16 Pieces of Wisdom for Our Time was a lesson to ponder and apply for myself, first and foremost.

“I wish readers joy on their journey, and joy everlasting.”  —Loretta Boyer McClellan


American Author, Artist and Poet, Loretta Boyer McClellan, sees the art of writing as an exciting medium and source of abundant joy in the creative process.  Her multilayered career as a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry;conscious PR, brand, graphic design, and communications; and as an Arts instructor, journalist, and artist, “sized the canvas,” so to speak, for a fruitful life of expression.  Author of The Nature of BEing: A Healing Journey, The Misthaven of Maine Series, and Dodging Raindrops: Poems and Prose of Beauty, Peace and Healing, Loretta creates from the heart.

Text and cover art © 2018 Loretta McClellan; all rights reserved.
Author headshot by Frank Leonard; used with permission.