By Kevin Sheehan, Special Columnist
“Vivus: An Exposition Of A Volatile Mind” by Kevin Sheehan is available in digital and in print on Amazon.com!
Regardless of weekly content, this column is designed to help others expand their way of thinking and promote creativity, empathy, and thought in general.
This past week I had the chance to attend a local event at Gateway High School as part of a local author showcase. The set up was gorgeous, as a friend of mine (also named Kevin) had poured a ton of effort into creating this event for the students. However, with all the preparation and all the help he received from local businesses, rain from the outskirts of Hurricane Michael caused attendance to fall short.
Personally, I was slightly relieved, as I had ordered several copies of my poetry book Vivus (available on Amazon) but they had not arrived yet. But as I sat waiting to talk to anybody that would show up, I started to question whether what I was doing was worthwhile. I often joke that nobody reads this column (and sometimes I do actually wonder). But this column has allowed me to do some wonderful things.
For instance, recently a friend reached out to me and told me that she used one of my previous columns in a college presentation on devotion. I have been able to reference different events in my friends lives, and how they may not have realized how deeply their actions impacted others (in a good way).
But at the showcase, I only talked to a few students. However, the person that sticks out in my mind that I talked to the most was a very nice woman. She was a reporter, and I gave her some tips on publishing her own works. As a reporter, she was tired of writing about current events, and often found what she was writing about was depressing, and wanted to write something positive as a change. After I shared with her some information on how to publish her own stuff, she said something I was very happy to hear, “I’m so glad I met you tonight!”
Sometimes it seems our blows strike the wind, or perhaps we are not expelling all our efforts into something worthwhile or something that will pay off in the end. But if we do what we love, and help others along the way, isn’t that the most worthwhile thing we could possibly do?
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