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“We read to know we’re not alone”

I am a lifelong introvert (specifically, an INTJ on the Myers-Briggs scale, which means I’m more introverted than 97% of the population), something I haven’t fully appreciated about myself until recently. I have always been drawn to introspection and reflection. I am also a lifelong entrepreneur, starting my own business when I was 18 and keeping it for almost thirty years. I completed a degree in English literature and writing 33 years after high school graduation, mainly in the interest of embracing old passions.

The title of my blog (“Full With Tomorrow”) is taken from one of my favorite songs, Neil Diamond’s Holly Holy, a work that speaks to my introspective soul like few things can: “Take the lonely child, and the seed, let it be full with tomorrow.” To me, this sentiment addresses the subject of hope and possibilities, a way out of despair. It says that no matter how bad things may seem, there is always something to hold on to and look forward to. That from great tragedy can come great triumph. Indeed, that is often the only place it comes from. As the poet Robert Bly said, “where your wound is, that is where your genius will be.” In Holly Holy, the singer’s pain and isolation is transmuted via a spiritual experience into triumph.

The blog title is also a reference to the metaphysical teaching that we create our own realities. We plant seeds every day with the words we speak and the thoughts we think. We’re always creating our tomorrows, though usually not very consciously. We need to be more mindful in word, thought and deed, and that is a subject I will write on often.

Some passions of mine include symphonic music (especially Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, truly tragic figures who created emotional masterpieces); opera; Broadway shows; Neil Diamond (whom I have seen in concert over a dozen times and whose deeply introspective music has added much richness to my life experience); reading (a true introvert passion – I admire Shakespeare, Dickens, Kafka, classic literature in general, as well as contemporaries like King, Koontz, and Preston/Child); American history, the presidency, quantum physics and the true nature of “reality,” consciousness studies, and metaphysics (Louise Hay, Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle).

As is probably evident, I greatly admire those who manage to creatively express themselves in ways that move others – especially those who take their pain and torment and create something divine. I hope you enjoy my posts and find something that strikes a chord or two in you. To quote a passage from my favorite movie, Shadowlands, we read to know we’re not alone.” I hope I help you feel less alone, and that you continue to find things that speak uniquely to you.

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