She loved to read, in fact, she and I bragged that you were never bored in life being surrounded by books….they never talked back to you either. We began reading early in our childhood, especially mysteries that included Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon. That’s how far back my friend Joyce and I began together…. sharing the latest historical fiction or mystery which she was an expert, always suggesting a new upcoming author. Joyce was an avid supporter of her library in Blue Island while I ordered my favorites at the library in Downers Grove; not libraries in neighboring communities…about 25 miles from each other.
In the forty years of our friendship, we talked on many topics, both of us passionate writers, and fascinated with the world of spirits. Not only the ghostly ones on Halloween but our loved ones who had passed before us sharing special moments on how our prayers of guidance were heard…the incredible messages created that would be there to show us our direction and love. True miracles that may come in the small form of a cup of coffee but were there if we looked for them. We strongly believed in another world greater than ours. In July of this year, Joyce passed away into the world we so wanted to keep in touch.
Almost weekly, I order books at my library in Downers Grove to be picked up when ready ; still a lover of all types from non-fiction to a well-developed mystery. On Sunday, I received e-mail notification that one of my books was ready. The book that was listed in my email notification that was ready for pick up was a story about the survivors of Our Lady of Angels in Chicago fire which I had requested. But when I got to the library Sunday afternoon, another book was in its place. The book was Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante, a Maggie Hope mystery by Susan MacNeal. I had never read this author before. In fact, I thought it was a mistake since I don’t remember requesting it and the e-mail specifically said the non-fiction book on the fire in 1958 was ready.
This is the first time Downers Grove Library made a mistake. Anyway, this was on Sunday and I decided to leave the mystery book on the shelf. I was going to wait for my book about angels.On Monday, I received the right notification….my book on the fire was ready so I went back to the library. Rubber banded together was the book I requested and the strange one…the mystery..the one I had left the day before. What the heck….I would take both anyway….sometimes I would end up reading fiction and non-fiction selections at the same time.
As a writer, I hadn’t pursued new avenues lately just couldn’t think of the right words to post in specific sites. Reading novels spurred new writing topics. I thought of Joyce who applauded my writing always. I decided to open the mystery and began reading the first chapter. Maybe it would give me ideas to write about later on. Nature decided to call so I went to book mark my page when I noticed the inside front cover that was pasted with a special card. It read as follows:
This Book is presented to the Blue Island Public Library in Memory of Joyce McCague honoring a lifetime user of the Library and a Loyal Bookworm donated by the Blue Islands Public reading group, the Bookworms
Yes, it was my Joyce! What did this all mean?
Downers Grove Library contacted me after sending them a copy of this story and asked me what I had learned after reading the book. Regardless of what kind of struggles you may encounter unemployment, tough career transitions, poor job satisfaction, you must not give up on your passions whether you are making money or not. Nothing more can come without being grateful for what you have, Dr Wayne Dyer shares in all of his writing, especially your talent. Find the time to write, if you are a writer. Paint if an artist or play if a musician and don’t think about lack. Doors will open and there may be opportunities that you never thought about before because of your unique talent. And the more you continue to do, the more drawings, graphics designs and performances, the better you will become. Sometimes you will not even be aware of how your abilities have advanced which will also bring you to a new level.
One successful business man who works for Sony and has been an entrepreneur comments that many people’s natural gifts or talents is loved until someone has to pay for it. Keep forging ahead with new ideas/new contacts. Weep over rejection but learn from it and move quickly away from the negative. It doesn’t matter how many times you fall, like a toddling baby, get up and if really weak from the number, reach out and ask for help from a mentor or someone in your field of interest. We can’t do it alone.
And are there specific career ghosts that will encourage and walk your journey with you? I think so.