Last night I was able to do something that reminded me of how much I enjoy being a part of the lives of my nieces and nephews. It reminded me that encouraging them in their various pursuits in life is something I can do to help them grow and mature - physically, spiritually, emotionally or mentally, whether they take only a few steps and realize that's not for them, or they dive right in and make it work. I want to be there on the side lines cheering them on with all I have.
Last night I was given an opportunity to encourage and play cheerleader for my thirteen year old nephew. Braden is in the process of writing a story/book, including drawing the illustrations. He read a few paragraphs to me and he got me hooked. I wanted to find out "what happens next."
The more we talked about this project the more excited I became. Suddenly it dawned on me that, even if it doesn't go far, I want to help Braden publish his story. That may mean doing a self-publication of the book by just going to a copy shop and running off a couple dozen copies of the book but this book needs to be in print.
I was able to encourage Braden that I would walk with him through this process and that I'd be the first one to buy a copy of his book. Who knows where the book might go from there.
I was so pumped when I got off the phone thinking about the possibilities ahead for Braden. I think he is even more excited about the book and seeing it in print now. Yes, there is a long ways to go before the book is actually printed but I think both Braden and I have joined together to see this through.
I am excited that Braden shared his dream with me and now I can help him where he needs help and encourage him when he needs encouragement. I look forward to holding the final product and sharing that special moment with Braden.
Write on Braden! Write on!