In my last 'Kindness' post, I asked the question, "So What's the Big Secret Behind the Concept of Kindness?" Why is 'Kindness' such a hot topic? The subject is not new but seems to have become the focus of much discussion and debate. And, interestingly enough, not just in our houses of worship.
My friend and fellow author, Amaie Jahn, says it so well in her presentation on Tedx Talks:
"When we realize just how tethered to one another we truly are, we can begin to see through the veil which separates us and imagine other people’s lives as mirrors of our own. You cannot be human in isolation but only when united with other people.
Amalie shares (Tedx Talks) life experiences that influence her perspective on the importance of kindness and how those experiences influence her writing:
“I take inspiration for my novels from the collective experiences which draw people together. One of life’s greatest truths is that we are all much more alike than we are different, and what most of us are looking for more than anything else is acceptance. Capturing stories and drawing on the emotions which resonate inside all of us is my passion.”
Join me in celebrating Amalie's new release, The Next To Last Mistake.
Tess Goodwin's life in rural Iowa is sheltered and uncomplicated. Although she chooses to spend most of her free time playing chess with her best friend Zander, the farm-boy from next door, her skills as a bovine midwife and tractor mechanic ensure that she fits in with the other kids at East Chester High. But when her veteran father reenlists in the Army, moving her family halfway across the country to North Carolina, Tess is forced out of her comfort zone into a world she knows nothing about.
Tess approaches the move as she would a new game of chess, plotting her course through the unfamiliar reality of her new life. While heeding Zander's long-distance advice for making new friends and strategizing a means to endure her dad's imminent deployment to the Middle East, she quickly discovers how ill-equipped she is to navigate the societal challenges she encounters and becomes convinced she'll never fit in with the students at her new school.
When Leonetta Jackson is assigned as her mentor, she becomes Tess's unexpected guide through the winding labyrinth of cultural disparities between them, sparking a tentative friendship and challenging Tess to confront her reluctant nature. As the pieces move across the board of her upended life, will Tess find the acceptance she so desperately desires?
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Amalie Jahn is a USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 8 young adult novels, including The Next To Last Mistake, her latest release (Light Messages Publishing 2019). Amalie is the recipient of the Literary Classics Seal of Approval and the Readers' Favorite Gold Medal for her debut novel, The Clay Lion. She is a contributing blogger with the Huffington Post and Southern Writers Magazine, as well as a TED speaker, human rights advocate, and active promoter of kindness. She lives in the United States with her husband, two children, and three overfed cats. When she's not at the computer coaxing characters into submission, you can find Amalie swimming laps, cycling, or running on the treadmill, probably training for her next triathlon. She hates pairing socks and loves avocados. She is also very happy time travel does not yet exist.
Like Amalie, I'm committed to making our world a better place by becoming a kinder person.
KINDNESS HINT: Yes, we can still be kind when faced with personal challenges but remember we have to want to be kind.
Try it! Take your thoughts off self...and remember,
"You cannot be human in isolation but only when united with other people." ~Amalie Jahn