I’ve always said WORK is a four-letter word and let’s not fool ourselves, writing is work! But it’s also a writer’s passion, obsession and one of the most satisfying things we’ll ever do in our lives. We truly love what we do. One of the nicest things we have going for us, is our daily commute. Why, I have to get out of bed, make myself a cup of coffee and take the long trek of twenty steps to get to my office. No problems with escalating gas prices. No fighting traffic and no hunting for parking spaces. All I have to do is “park” my bottom in the chair and be imaginative, creative and inspired!
Granted there are some days, I just would rather stay in bed and watch the Today Show or Rachel Ray. There are some days I rather spend my time exercising, (yes, I mean that) or having coffee with the neighbors or reading a good book. But work is work and we have deadlines and pressure just like anyone else.
As I step foot in my office early each morning I FEEL THE LOVE in the room. My office is my workplace, but it’s also my sanctuary. It’s where I feel at home. Not a day goes by that I don’t thank God for helping me find my way to this place in my life. I find myself surrounded by material things that make my office beautiful, but it’s not the “things” that inspire me and put a smile on my face. It’s the love and friendship I see on the walls surrounding me.
The life-size poster of my favorite country artist Tim McGraw decorates my wall. And yes, though the hot sexy cowboy inspires my westerns and my love of country music, I see past him often time and think of my dear friend Richard who called me from work at Budweiser, to make sure I was home one afternoon and surprised me with this poster! I can’t look at that poster without thinking of my friend and his sweet gesture.
Then there’s my Wall of Frames that sit to my right and reminds me that Yes, Charlene, you really are an author. It’s my husband’s brainchild. He framed my very first book, Chance in a Million. It seems like a million years ago! When my son moved out of his room and I got my very own office space, my dear hubby started the wall telling me there would be many more frames to come. At the time, I didn’t believe him. Was I a one-book wonder? But when I look up and see those 21 book covers, I don’t only see my success, I see my husband’s faith and love and constant support. Even when I wasn’t sure I could make it in this business, he was there, encouraging me and supporting me. He knew I’d fill that wall with books, even when I had my doubts.
The wall mirror is among my favorites. It’s an angled wall and I wanted to put something there that was just the right size and shape and never found what I was looking for. Then one day at Christmas time, my dear friend and fellow writer, Debbie set this beautiful Christmas package on my doorstep. We don’t usually exchange Christmas gifts so I was a little baffled, until I opened the note. She said, she couldn’t resist it. She knew I’d love it and she had to get it for me. Well, needless to say, it fits the wall perfectly and the gesture slid right into my heart. So again, when I look up and see the cowboy shelf and mirror, what I really see, is an uncommon gesture of friendship.
The oil painting of my first book came as quite a thrill. My mother-in-law surprised me with it on a milestone birthday. I know she poured her heart into it. She’s an amazing artist and I love having a genuine oil painting of my very first book. When I look at that painting I think of her and all the work and time she put into making that birthday special for me.
This shelf was built by my hubby, so I could display my boot of flowers. The flowers represent each book I’ve sold and are given out at our chapter meetings. I have 24 roses in my “vase” now to my amazement. The boot was a gift from Tanya, my dear friend and critique partner who’d found just one boot at the Pasadena flea market. She thought it destiny. Who sells just one boot? And the pretty lantern is from Tanya too. The other items on the shelf were also gifts from friends.
Do you feel the love yet?
I’m truly thankful for having such wonderful friends and family who surround me each and every day with their love and kindness and support. Even when they aren’t here physically, I feel their presence in the things they’ve surrounded me with. It makes me appreciate the people in my life. It makes me feel close to the ones I love. It inspires me in ways I can’t begin to name. For that, I feel truly blessed.
So what about you? What do you see when you look around your room, your house, your life? What holds a special place in your heart?
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