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PMS (Prayer, Meditation, Serenity)

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When I wake up and before I retire for the evening, I take time to give thanks for all that has transpired during the day—good and bad. I also spend time being still, clearing my head of all the thoughts that bombard my mind—the woulda, coulda, shoulda thoughts from the past and the present. I breathe deeply and let the peace that passeth all understanding take over my being. I find that when I start and end my day like this, for the most part, I can experience a great deal of serenity. I’m in that population of folk who need to tap into a Higher Power to make it through each day—days that sometimes can be filled with enormous challenges.

As a writer and actor, I face rejection daily, and I would be lying if I said it doesn’t hurt. Yes, it’s gotten easier over the years, but there are some days that I just don’t feel like being told no. And in most cases, I’m left hanging. After so much time passes, I’m left with no other choice then to conclude that the agent/publisher isn’t interested in my novel or that the casting person/director/producer wasn’t feeling me in that audition. I’m only human. But thank goodness I can go to the One who isn’t human, but that made humans. I can lay my burdens at His feet and then stand on mine again and move upward and onward, realizing that I can’t view my experiences as rejections, but as lessons and stepping stones, leading me to my dreams and my goals. When I embrace this attitude, I’m no longer a victim, but a victor. I’m ready to write that next book and take on that next audition, stronger, wiser, better.

I’m looking forward to the remainder of 2018 with renewed hope. I believe the best is yet to come for you and me. Drop me a line. Let me know what you do to keep the faith, to continue pursuing your dreams when all hope seems lost. Hang in there. I’m praying for all of us.

 

 

 

 

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Born in Oakland and raised in San Francisco, playwright and author, Alretha Thomas is making her name through her pen. She started at the age of ten, when her 5th grade teacher picked and read her short story assignment in front of the class – that simple, loving act empowered a new writer. A graduate of U.S.C., Alretha’s plays have graced numerous Southern California stages. Her most recent production, “One Woman, Two Lives,” starred Kellita Smith of the Bernie Mac Show. Her debut novel, “Daughter Denied” was launched in 2008 and has received glowing reviews from readers and book clubs across the country. Her second novel “Dancing Her Dreams Away,” launched in 2011 and was also well-received. “Married in the Nick of Nine” is her third novel and she recently completed the sequel, “The Baby in the Window.” Alretha says the one and only upside to her 350-mile-a-week-commute, is that it gives her ample time to come up with story ideas. When not in bumper–to-bumper traffic she enjoys going to the movies, blogging, and spending time with her husband Roy.

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