Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!!!

The following is my annual Easter post. Same words, but they'll always apply.

Every so often, a reader gives me their impression of my book in a way which deepens my own understanding of what I wrote. A reader in Florida once told me how a decision made by one of my characters helped her illustrate a sentiment she'd been trying to get across to her friends.

Here's what she told me:

In the past, I've had to help friends realize that life goes on even after you've made a poor decision. Not because you move on or get over it, but because you grow as a result of it. You build something new, something with a higher purpose, using what you've learned as one of your bricks.

When I read that, my heart leapt! I knew immediately that I would be using her words in future speeches.

So what does this have to do with having a happy Easter? One of the most beautiful ideas surrounding the holiday is that we're all given the opportunity to make corrections if we find ourselves traveling down a road we really don't want to be on. In fact, we have that opportunity to change every day. Every second! (But sometimes we need a calendar to remind us.) Refresh. Repair. Rebirth. Whatever you need to call it...

Renewal is a wonderful blessing!

Isaiah's first Easter egg hunt.

3 comments: said...

Jay, you (and your letter-writing admirer) beautifully encapsulated the spirit of Easter for me. Thank you! Enjoy the day.

Sabrina Steyling said...

Happy Easter, Jay! May it be a wonderful day for you, JoanMarie and Isaiah - and what an adorable picture of him, by the way! Such a cutie... <3

StaffPicks said...

Isaiah is so close to getting that egg! Happy Easter and Happy Renewal.