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William Shakespeare wrote in the play As You Like It the Seven Ages of Manis, “All the world is a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” (Act 2 Scene 7) I offer to you, “Our lives are a book full of chapters taking us through our life.”

The book begins with our exit from our mother’s womb to the review of family and friends at our funeral. Some chapters cover a few months while others span several years.

Every chapter starts with something new.. This can be an event bringing about learning challenges. Throughout the middle of this chapter, we have successes and failures. The end goal of a chapter is self-improvement. That ending chapter with some prize or tool takes us on to the next chapter.

I have gone through several chapters in my life, some quite painful and others joyful. The loss of my parents and divorces are a few of those painful chapters. I count seeing my youngest graduate from college and go on to grad school at the end of a joyful chapter. Some chapters are not complete. They end with the form of a cliffhanger. Personally, I don’t count them as complete.

Those chapters I count as incomplete are ones that had a fizzled ending. I call those chapter one’s times in my life where I walked away for one reason or the other. It could be because of embarrassment, uncertainty, or not knowing how to reconcile. At this point in my life, I want to correct those results.

For some of those correcting chapters, I want to include reconnecting with my estranged children. I want my writing to make a positive influence on those who read what I write. I am presently working for my future chapters to correct those fizzled chapters.