Focusing on the Bright Side

After Gordon and I speak to various audiences, I am always struck by the stories told to us privately by a few audience members.  People confide in us with their own difficult journeys, whether it be from illness or injury or whatever might have happened.

With each story, I am reminded to be grateful that Gordon has the opportunity to get better.  Not everyone has that chance.  Some must endure the long, slow decline of affliction, facing each day without the hope of improvement.  These people and the people who love them live with that reality.

Gordon and I have hope for a better tomorrow.  Rather than endure a long, slow decline, we persevere through a long, slow recovery, always optimistic that improvement is around the corner.  We remind each other how far Gordon has come in his recovery and talk about our goals for continued improvement.  We don’t want to squander this chance we have–a chance that many people don’t have.  We will focus on the bright side of our difficult journey.

Jill Viggiano

Look at me; I’m a Finalist!

oregon writersIn March at the recommendation of our friend David, I entered my book (at that time, still unpublished) in the Oregon Christian Writers Contest.  Last week, I received notice that I am a finalist in the competition!  The winners in all categories will be announced August 6. I am honored to be considered and excited to see where all this will lead us.

In the meantime, I am constantly encouraged by people who have read Painful Blessing.  It is important to me that the book be meaningful to anyone who reads it, not just those affected by stroke.  It is a wonderful experience to listen to people’s reactions and feelings and then to hear their stories.

Jill Viggiano