Within (2-23-2011)

Have you ever paused and recognized how powerful love is?  I can remember how hard I used to search to find something to fill the emptiness that I had within me, a void that kept me depressed and unable to embrace the beauty and joy here in this life.

The warmth of sunshine was something that I could not feel, even though it’s hue cascaded down from the clearest blue sky.  I had befriended misery and darkness subconsciously, taking on the insecurities of others in an effort to console and uplift them while denying myself the pleasure of receiving love from the ones who saw who I was without judgment or ridicule.

I eventually accepted the challenge of rising above my circumstances to become a vibrant expression of creativity — one  that would allow me the honor of sharing a blessed gift that had been awarded at birth.   It wasn’t easy in the beginning because writing required me to face one of my greatest fears head on, solitude.

Diving into the art of literary composition has been one of the most rewarding adventures I have ever embarked on in life.  In the process of developing this craft I uncovered a passion that filled the emptiness I once felt within, and even though some familiar faces have departed from my circle, I have never felt more complete.

While I was in the midst of this frightening transition a remarkable transformation manifested and revealed to me exactly where I fit in.   I developed relationships with others who were like me who had a passion similar to mine.  I discovered love on yet another level.

Had I held onto the security of the high paying job I once held I am most certain that I would not have grown into this person I have become today — the person who loves himself and all of his faults.  I also know that, without a doubt, I would not be able to see how truly loved and blessed I am.

Those who are only around for a season or two are essential to our growth, so the times we spend with them must also be cherished.  I can honestly say that I am stronger as a result of having had them in my life.  I didn’t understand it as much as I do now, because I wasn’t open to accepting change.

Within, there is a place where we all must go to at some point in our lives to identify who we are, what we want, and what we expect out of life.  It requires courage, faith, and belief to peel back every single layer with diligence, for sometimes we learn  more things about ourselves than we care to know, but it is necessary.

As a result of my journey through self discovery I can now identify others who are still struggling within to find themselves,  because their actions dictate their struggle.  Some have mastered the art of disguising their insecurities with material things and boastful rhetoric, but I have found that life is truly a spiritual journey.

Our existence is limited but our legacy is timeless, and love is infinite.   When we identify that pure part of ourselves that we were born with when we entered this life that is when we can harvest the power that is within.

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About G. D. Grace of California

After the release of his fifth self-published novel, “Ripped & Ready (season 3)” GD ramped up for a new endeavor in radio, and on September 2, 2010 his first #BlogTalkRadio show premiered. His first two guest were two literary colleagues from two different sides of the tracks — one a former prison inmate-hustler, single father, turned author — the other, an accredited teacher and single father first time author. The intense on-air climate of cultural differences on the show, at one point, became thick enough to slice with a butter knife, however, it was a very successful event. Despite the clash over marketing approaches both authors remained professional and the outcome was a highly entertaining and interesting show. The seasons that followed incorporated talent from all walks of creativity, so in addition to the authors, GD’s guest lineup included poets and recovering addicts, motivational speakers and entrepreneurs, filmmakers and professionals in sports training and health, and also established artists from highly successful television shows, as well as, NAACP & Grammy Winners. Many shows gave us an inside glimpse inside the lives of legends from Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Ray Goodman & Brown, Bruce A. Hawes (extraordinary writer for the Sounds of Philadelphia), Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, The Delphonics, Howard Hewett, and Chris Jasper of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized Isley Brothers. Legends of literary Stanley Bennett Clay and James Earl Hardy also brought their distinct creative prowess to the show, as did professionals from the Broadway stage. GD’s show eventually caught the attention of World Media and through this friendship many of the legends mentioned above were tapped to be guests on the show. His friend, and often times, mentor, Wayne Barros became an influential part of the legacy that he was creating one show at time. His friendship, love, and direction helped enforce an inner-confidence in GD which allowed him to stretch his producing skills so the show would have an entertaining variety for the live listener and archive listeners. Between the two audience variations the show has been listened to by over 40,000 people. It has been successful beyond GD’s wildest dreams, and as Season 6 approaches, the adrenalin within him increases. He begins assembling the guest list next month in April 2015, and…
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