As I sit here and read the six questions for creating your author message via Jennifer Blanchard’s worksheet, I realize that I don’t know the answers to some of the questions.
“I talk a lot about being who you are and being unapologetic about it,” Jennifer writes.
I’ve always been me and done whatever I wanted to do regardless of what others thought.Growing up in a small town, I learned that people are going to talk, and if they don’t have something to talk about, they will, sometimes, make things up. So, I adopted the mindset of not caring what people said or thought. I’ve always been blunt, and, at times, brutally honest. But, I have always tried to be there for someone who needed an ear, whether I actually knew them or not. (and, I’ve done this on more than one occasion).
I guess since I’ve become a published author and tried to “soften” myself, become a better person, I’ve lost touch with who I am. Or, perhaps, who I am is something that has changed and that, actually, I’ve been working on rebuilding since I hit rock bottom three years ago.
I no longer know exactly who I am. Maybe, I should use Jennifer’s questions to see if I can figure it out.
Let’s take #5 first. “What do I believe in?” I believe in having good morals and values and think that these two things are something that has been lost over the past few years. Young people do not think they should have to show respect to their elders. They think they should have the same respect as the older generation and that their respect has to be earned.
The lack of discipline and respect is breaking this country.
Which covers #4. “What do you stand for?” I stand for my Christian beliefs. I stand for the apparently “old-fashioned” way of life-the one that made this country strong and great. Our country and the younger generation are going to hell in a hurry and our leaders are making it happen. They have tied the hands of parents, not allowing them to discipline their children.
There is a difference in discipline and abuse.In no way do I support abuse. Period. I’ve experienced abuse in more ways than one over the years. But, that doesn’t mean I disagree with discipline. A good ole’ butt-whipping didn’t kill any of us. Instead, it taught us boundaries, restrictions, and respect for others. And, we knew we’d better not get a spanking at school and the parents find out or we’d get a worse “whooping” when we got home.
Children look to adults for guidance. They test adults in order to learn their boundaries, limitations, and what is right or wrong. With society tieing the hands of parents, how are these young people to learn these important life lessons?
I guess that leads into #3. “What does the world need to hear/know?” The world, or the US, needs to know that we are destroying ourselves from the inside out. Prophecy is being fulfilled. We need to wake up and realize what we are doing to our children. What kind of life will they have without learning boundaries? How will these children live as adults without knowing the rules of life?
I’m still not certain about #1. “What message do you want to share with your readers, followers, and fans?” If I were to speak on these topics often, I’d most likely start a small war and receive a lot of hate mail. So, I think I’ll give this question more thought.
Until next time,