Write Canada 2014.
I cane. I saw. I stayed.
I pushed my limits ... and had a whale of a time.
I reconnected with people I'd met in 2013 ... and made new friends.
I took pictures ... and gave away home made gifts to those I had connected with last year and others I met this year.
I came with business cards listing my blog ... and handed them out unashamedly.
I told people unashamedly and boldly what my platform is: workplace abuse.
I told my fellow writers and attendees about my blog. I was not ashamed that I'm with all these people who have written books, published books and/or are editors and article writers.
I. Am. A. Blogger. Maybe in the future I'll expand. But for right now I. Am. A. Blogger. on the way to recovery.
I learned that I'm not exactly a Christian writer. I'm a Christian who writes. There's a difference.
I picked up some really good nuggets unexpectedly - including the one above.
I came away tired both mentally and physically. OK, OK, let's make that exhausted as my bed and I have been best buds since I got home. But hey! it's a good tired. A good exhaustion. Because it means that I did something challenging on the road to recovery. Healing occurred.
I came away with hope.
Hope that I can build this blog into something more.
I came away with the realization that I not only have a story to tell but that it's everybody's story.
My story is the story of everyone who has gone through workplace abuse. Yes, there are differences in the specifics, but there is a common thread between my story and your story. Or the story of the loved one you are trying to navigate this journey with.
Note: This is not the blog I intended to write today. That posting in its infancy ended up being cut and pasted onto a new blog. I'm sure it will see the light of day sometime ... even probably sometime soon. But for now, I wanted to reinforce the victory of this experience. The positive. Forget the prose. Forget the background.
Experience the present.
That is what I did this past weekend at Write Canada 2014.
See you tomorrow for more of the story.