Today, August 21st, I turn 69 years young. Wow! That’s just almost unfathomable.
Yes, something like that. 🙂
I don’t have to tell you it’s been a crazy year because we already know that’s a fact. But there has been a mixed bag of blessings as well.
Most of you already know that I landed a publishing contract with The Wild Rose Press for a new series. My #TarotTuesday blog has taken off and gets a lot of visitors, which makes me very happy. The messages that come through the cards are always spot-on and almost everyone can find some aspect of the card that fits into their lives.
I am starting to get some traction with the #SundaySpotlight and will be featuring a monthly post from different music artists. The music industry has been hard-hit by COVID-19. With the bars closed, they have nowhere to play their music. It’s a struggle.
I’ve released two new short stories. They have both been well-received and I am super grateful for all the reviews that have flowed in!
I’ve started a newsletter. If you did not receive one from me in the last few days, and would like to, please list your email address in your comment to this post and I’ll add you to my mailing list. I intend to send one newsletter per month, so I will not bombard your inbox.
Let’s see. What else?
I’m super thankful for my health. This time last year I was in severe pain with fractured ribs. It has taken a good nine months to recover, but I’m back to being me.
Since virtual school started, I spend 7 hours per day helping grandkids with online learning. It’s not easy for them or for me, but we are muddling through.
In between school, I am going through the editing process for “Ghostly Interference,” the first book in The White Rune Series to be published by The Wild Rose Press. I can’t wait for a cover reveal! Hopefully soon!
What does the next year look like? I have no earthly idea! All I know is that we’ll all get through the best way we can!
So, here’s to 69! For all you youngsters out there, I can tell you it isn’t bad!
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And if you’re looking for a great book to read, John has a couple of recommendations!
AND THE WINNER IS!! I am ashamed to say that I almost forgot to draw a winner for this blog post, BUT, I saved myself at the last minute. 🙂 The winner of the $10 Amazon Gift card is Stephanie Ortiz Jenkins!! Stephanie watch your inbox! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
It is always a challenge to pick just ten books from the many books I read each year. Because it was so difficult this year, I have listed a Bonus book and also some fabulous short stories. I hope you enjoy my Top Ten, and if you see a book that catches your interest, click on the purchase link and add it to your TBR list!
Hello, and welcome to the next stop on the RRBC Spotlight Author Blog Tour for the amazing author, John Fioravanti!
It is an honor to introduce you to John and his work!
The REFLECTIONS Blog Tour
I’m grateful to my host of this fifth post of the REFLECTIONS TOUR, and to Nonnie Jules
and the #RRBC Team who arranged it all!
Reflection 26 – Love Yourself – You’re Worth It!
“You can search throughout the
entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection
than yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as
much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.”
Buddhism is based upon the teachings of Gautama Buddha who
taught in eastern India over twenty-five centuries ago. His philosophy
sought a middle way between unbridled sensuality and a-self discipline that denied
any sensual pleasure. His teachings were handed down by oral tradition until
put into writing four centuries later.
I read this quote twice to make sure I got it right the first
time. My immediate reaction was, Really? On reading his words a
third time, there came a glimmer of understanding. As I began to see his
meaning, I realized that it is my own life experience that allowed me not only
to understand, but to admire his wisdom. I’m afraid that as a young man, this
lesson would have completely escaped me.
We are social beings, and we search for love because it is
one of our basic needs. Yet most, if not all of us, look outside of ourselves
to find those worthy of our love. At this point, I’m not differentiating
between familial, platonic, or romantic love relationships, because I don’t
think this teaching is about any one of them. In my mind, this statement is
about all of them. We look outside of ourselves for our best friends and our
intimate romantic partners. What we don’t do is look within first.
Buddha is not only teaching us that we must love ourselves
first, but he goes further by saying that no one is more worthy of
our love than ourselves. That means that I am at least as worthy of my
love as any other person I might choose. Embracing his meaning, my mind
reeled… I wasn’t used to thinking along these lines!
I was raised in a culture that taught self-denial to make me
worthy of God’s love. I equated self-love with selfishness – another negative
characteristic that one would do well to eliminate. Christianity taught me to
focus my love and good deeds outside of myself… do
unto others… look after the needs of others first… are just a couple
of lessons that come to mind from my early religious instruction.
How many of us grew to adulthood with a jaded view of ourselves?
I was taught to control my urges – all of them – lest they lead me into sin.
I’m sure this is why Buddha’s words seemed so alien to me at first; it was
culture shock. When I take the time to digest this idea, it is enlightening… charity
or caritas begins at home.
I’m sure we’ve all met people who suffer from self-loathing. They
are not happy and they do not love others. How can they? It stands to
reason that if I do not believe myself worthy of my own love, then how could I
see myself as worthy of love from another; how could I trust another to be
worthy of my love? On the other hand, if I accept myself, not as a perfect
being, but as a worthy being, I can love myself. In loving
myself, I can make choices that are good for me. I’m not talking about being
self-indulgent, constantly seeking to satisfy every desire, with no
consideration of the consequences. I mean that I must look after my own best
interests by doing the hard work that is necessary to make me into the kind of
person I wish to become! But I can’t do that unless I start by recognizing
my own worthiness.
In recognizing my own worthiness to be loved by myself, I am
not denying that I am a flawed being. This does not negate the fact that I get
impatient easily, or that I lose my temper and hurt those around me. But I am
sure that by being wise enough to love myself, I will find it easier to deal
with my shortcomings more successfully. A friend has been trying to teach me
this lesson for quite some time, and now, I think I understand.
In loving myself in this way, I am eminently qualified to take a lover and cherish that person in a way that testifies to their worthiness to be loved. In the same way, I am free to love another person as my best friend. Because I acknowledge my own worthiness to be loved, I can extend that caring to my best friend who will be inclined to reciprocate in kind. You reap what you sow.Because of this teaching, taken to heart and internalized, I am more open to the lessons of love – no matter what their origin.
Fioravanti is a retired secondary school educator who completed his thirty-five
year career in the classroom in June, 2008.
his career, John focused on developing research, analysis, and essay writing
skills in his History classroom. This led to the publication of his first
non-fiction work for student use, Getting
It Right in History Class. A
Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching is his second non-fiction work;
it attempts to crystallize the struggles, accomplishments, and setbacks
experienced in more than three decades of effort to achieve excellence in his
first work of fiction is Passion &
Struggle, Book One of
The Genesis Saga, and is set within
Kenneth Tam’s Equations universe (Iceberg Publishing). He claims that, after
two non-fiction books, he’s having the time of his life bringing new stories
and characters to life! Book Two is Treachery
At present, John lives in Waterloo, Ontario with Anne, his bride of forty-six years. They have three children and three grandchildren. In December of 2013, John and Anne founded Fiora Books for the express purpose of publishing John’s books.