To get to know a little about me, why I'm writing this book series, and what qualifies me to write it, I'll introduce myself in more detail.
The life experiences I have, led me from depression, agnosticism, and the cynical arguments and futile attempts associated with feeling that no one cared, to an eventual epiphany of faith in which I realize that not only is there order in the universe, but people do care and we have a creator that put us here to cherish this stewardship of life in whatever form it may be, and to make lemonade from what looked like lemons but after all when in the right perspective are the best Long Island Iced Teas you could find.
To put this into more clear of a concept, in suffering I turned to God and found my faith, and from that appreciation I learned a peace so perfect that I find heaven possible on Earth.
As for my qualities list, and the positive traits that I aspire to and describe as ideal, I find that millennials question one's right to aspire to things more than one already is, as if it were hypocritical. The lesson that is lacking in that viewpoint is learning that one's knowing what is right and wrong can be clear and one can still overlook the importance of following it, with the due consequences, but that doesn't mean that one does not know right from wrong, and that does not mean that one can't suggest a better path for those about to make the same mistakes you've made.
Some mistakes one must make for one's self, is a possible argument, and it holds true to the extent that one may insist on trying what one feels one is being "kept from" the freedom to choose. That doesn't mean that it's best to try anything under the sun, though. It means that every decision is a responsibility with consequences, and to expect to get to try anything without consequences is not the kind of free will that God gave us, for He does have consequences. What He plans for us is to be freed of the most eternal and severe of consequences, so that the lessons are learned through the less severe sufferings (palanca) which we experience during our mortal first life, before the eternity after.
To my own mistakes, I've learned the real love of a relationship comes from sharing our lives together, and the resultant experience as equals or as allies. The love I started with didn't have that depth, and though the passions of youth were extreme they did not know the temperance of true unconditional love until my current marriage and step-parenting. I learned friendship in greater reciprocity with the family and friends that we shared, and through doing customer service and tutoring and teaching how to do things. I learned to communicate effectively through my passion for words, and though I've still a way to go in the balance of writing and editing, I've still got the sense to know what eventually needs to be worked on, both in conversation, and in publishing. We all could learn from each other, and that is why I want to share what I learned even though I've no professional research on the topics of life. Who could ever be complete in that field? What I offer is the wisdom and lessons of my personal experiences and from the stories I've heard from those who I've encountered.
I come to you on a personal level, as a writer with love for faith and philosophical introspection on the guides we choose to live by. I come to you as a human being, with pros and cons, strengths and weaknesses, with things I know and things I might change my mind about when I find out more but don't we all? There are reasons I say the things I say to be true. What it is, works for me, and I hope it works for you.
Donald R. Anderson. Aspiring writer. Amateur philosopher and amateur writer of Apologetics (i.e., the Catholic reasonings). Faith-driven kindred spirit.