Last week, I participated in a Holiday Bazaar at work where I could showcase and sell my book, “The Silence is Too Loud.” Though my initial outlook was positive, as the hours passed I begin to feel a bit discouraged and thought about leaving earlier than the closing time. As I was considering my departure a woman stopped by and begin to thumb through my book. Honestly, I wasn’t sure it would result in a sell but I was appreciative for her taking the time. After a few minutes, she put the book down and walked away. Not too long thereafter, the same lady returned picked up the book had her money in hand and was waiting for someone to come stand with her. At the time, I didn’t realize it was her daughter she was waiting on, but she wanted her daughter to look at a couple of the poems. They began to talk and the woman said to her daughter “do you think this would be good for him?” Her daughter answered “yes.” She handed me the money and took the book. I told her “let’s trade, I’ll give you an autographed book and I’ll take that one from you.” She said, “it’s not for me, it’s for my grandson, he has stage 4 cancer and I think this book (as she begins to tear up) would…..” I finished the sentence and said lift him up and she shook her head yes. At that point, she took the book and thanked me as she walked away with her daughter.
This was a defining moment as well as a powerful testament to what was happening right before my eyes. I realized that I had been positioned for my purpose. Had I followed through and left when I initially thought about it, this would have never played out. I would have missed a pivotal moment where I received a blessing. The blessing wasn’t the purchase of the book, but it was the circumstances surrounding the purchase. The fact I could connect with someone based on the words which I had written in my poems was a beautiful experience. Now I understood it was all relevant that I was supposed to be at the Holiday Bazaar to meet this specific woman. We both had something the other needed. She needed to find something to comfort her grandson, while I needed to recognize my purpose I had been positioned for. It wasn’t about how many books I could sell or how much money I could make, but it was about touching someone’s life. I got the lesson and embraced the confirmation of my purpose. Words are powerful and they create emotions that impact us on every possible level. So, writing “The Silence is Too Loud” is not just my own journey, but it is the catalyst to reach those around me. I hope my book can have a major impact on people’s lives and they are empowered, uplifted and stand boldly in the truth.
People who cross your path never show up by accident. They are purposeful and a part of a greater picture. They can help you identify your purpose and allow you to see your destiny more clearly. Your purpose may be closer than you think, look for the signs and walk through the door when it opens. Once you are positioned for your purpose, you will discover it’s bigger than you.