Mariam Cheshire wrote to me via Good Reads about a month ago. When I had a quick check on her bio I realized what a truly amazing person she is. Mariam is 86 years old and embarking on a writing career and diving right into social media. Wow!
I love this new era of publishing and communication where anyone can participate no matter how old, where they live, or their message.
So, I asked Mariam if she would like to write a guest blog post for me. A person like Mariam has a lot of wisdom to share with all of us. And meeting Mariam and reading her wonderful essay I was inspired to open my blog to other writers who had something to share.
You can read how to submit here. Mariam certainly had an impact on me and I hope she will have the same effect on you.
But for now, enjoy Mariam’s wonderful post and do support and encourage her by visiting her new blog and I would recommend buying her book The Alternate Safe World of Sanctuary. Its received some rave reviews and at currently 99 cents for an e-copy its amazing value for you to be able to connect with this wonderful woman.
Mariam you have certainly inspired me. Thank you.
Where is your dream? by Mariam Cheshire
“I have a dream.” These words are now building blocks in our history.
We hear the power of Martin Luther King’s voice and another small voice speaks inside of each of us. “Do I have a dream?”
The answer comes clear and true.
You might be going from the tumultuous teens into the growing years of the twenties. How does your dream appear? Are there visions of someone to love, a bond for the future and kiddles who would progress further than you do? Is this a time to conquer the business, the creative, the money world? There might be hopes of writing and travel.
Then come the thirties. Maybe the 20’s dreamer is too busy to think beyond what needs to be done today. When children are in the picture the Friday night football games could take precedence over far away rainbows. Goals could be tucked away in the desk drawer. Today’s schedule keeps the busy thirty-some person from pulling it out to check. Where is the dream?
When the forties come over the horizon there comes a skid, a halt and a look around. Yes, the green lights flash on the road ahead You can ask “Am I on track?”
If you haven’t reached the fifties yet, you will discover how quickly they merge into the sixties and seventies, even the eighties. We are comfortable, we can settle here. Maybe on rainy days we can take the dream out of the closet , dust it off, brighten it up. No two people will make the same choice. We hear Alexander Pope who has told us, “Whatever is, is right.”
My dream of grade school years was pushed from start to stop, from give-up to a steady gallop. Despite getting mired down in mud from time to time, my dream came out of its cocoon. At 86 I am flapping my wings wanting to fly! When we follow our dream it becomes part of our being and turns into Reality as we grow with it.
This blog is written to tell you . . . Take minutes from your busy life, brush away the cares of today and . . .
FOLLOW YOUR DREAM!
With love, I sign as mother, step-mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, correspondent and writer.
Mariam Lewis Heiny Cheshire
Links for Mariam
The Alternate Safe World of Sanctuary (Amazon) - http://goo.gl/DvCsp
BLOGSPOT - http://bit.ly/16l7kWP
GOODREADS - http://goo.gl/gYkqsu
In the third grade. Mariam clearly stated her ambition. “I am going to travel and write.” A paper box became filled with rejection slips, but successes with small magazines kept the typewriter working late on many nights.
Travel became a Way of Life flying standby to countries around the world. With a backpack carrying only the necessities she landed in the city of her choice and found a hostel or B&B with the bathroom down the hall.
Mariam speaks of a wonderful life – writing - seeking family history in genealogy libraries - flying Cubs into the blue yonder – airline flights to faraway places - photography and printing in her own darkroom - painting oil landscapes with her mother - playing with rocks for one-of-a-kind necklaces - and always beautiful love.