Blessings in disguise

When I look back over the years and reflect over the things I’ve done or didn’t do, the bad and good things that happened, I had quite a few regrets. Regrets over how I should have done this or handled that or things I shouldn’t have done.

Even though I had regrets, every little thing that happened, molded me into the person I am today and I find myself lucky to be who I am.

Perfect in my imperfections

Besides, everything’s always clear in hindsight 🙂

There have been a few times over the years when I’ve wished – if only I could go back and change the past. Don’t we all? But I think, looking back, that I wouldn’t change a thing. Even the bad stuff.

Because the bad stuff made me grow, deepened my thoughts and my soul. Made me become stronger. When you let yourself despair, when you let the bad stuff crush you and keep rehashing the past over and over again, you don’t grow. You become static, stale, unaware of who you are, cut off from your soul. I chose to accept that everything bad that occurred, happened for a reason.

Every bad thing that has happened to me, turned into a blessing in disguise or I should say, I searched for and found the blessing in it.

There’s a big difference between how you view the things that happen to you. You can chose to fold under them or look them in the eye and say “I’m stronger. I will get through this.”

There’s a prayer I’ve always believed in, no matter how hard things get:
“The Serenity Prayer (extract)

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.”

When one door closes, another opens. All those clichés are really true. There’s always a way out. You just have to look hard enough to find it. Things are never as desperate as they appear to be.

When you feel as if everything’s hopeless, learn to bear it with the faith that it will work out or that something better will come out of it.

Find a way to wield a positive spin on the bad stuff. For me, sarcastic humor always helps. 😀

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Find your silver lining. Grow strong like an oak tree and in the face of cyclonic winds, stand tall and true. Grow.

Regards,

S.R. McKade

Review – The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King

Roland, the Last Gunslinger, moves ever closer to the Dark Tower of his dreams and nightmares- as he crosses a desert of damnation in a macabre world that is a twisted mirror of our very own. With him are those he has drawn to this world, street-smart Eddie Dean and courageous wheelchair-bound Susannah. Ahead of him are mind-rending revelations about who he is and what is driving him.

Roland, the Last Gunslinger, moves ever closer to the Dark Tower of his dreams and nightmares- as he crosses a desert of damnation in a macabre world that is a twisted mirror of our very own. With him are those he has drawn to this world, street-smart Eddie Dean and courageous wheelchair-bound Susannah. Ahead of him are mind-rending revelations about who he is and what is driving him.


Genre: Horror, Thriller

Review: 5 of 5 Stars

The Dark Tower looms ever closer and yet even further. The world has moved on and things that should be illogical and impossible, are just the opposite.

I loved this third volume especially because I got to see Jake again. He and Roland have always been my favorites. Eddie and Susannah are awesome, too. It’s endearing to see how their characters are changing, becoming stronger. Oh, yes – Jake, Eddie and Susannah are as much gunslingers as Roland is.

I enjoyed the deeper glimpses in each of their characters, how I got to know them better, how their minds work, what they feel, how each of them relate to Roland. And of course, can’t forget the loyal Oy. Oh, I want a billy-bumbler, too!!

The volumes that follow just keep sinking their hooks deeper in me. I’m so deeply entrenched in The Dark Tower that it has become my quest, too, my obsession as much as Roland’s and I badly need to reach it, till the very end.

Review – The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King

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The Second Volume in the Epic Dark Tower Series… The Drawing of the Three While pursuing his quest for the Dark Tower through a world that is a nightmarishly distorted mirror image of our own, Roland is drawn through a mysterious door that brings him into contemporary America. Here he links forces with the defiant young Eddie Dean, and with the beautiful, brilliant, and brave Odetta Holmes, in a savage struggle against underworld evil and otherworldly enemies. Once again, Stephen King has masterfully interwoven dark, evocative fantasy and icy realism.

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Review: 5 of 5 Stars

The first book – The Gunslinger – was just a sort of preview of what’s to come – if a book as long as each volume is could be called a preview, lol. The second book details how Roland draws the two necessary elements for his quest into his world.

The lobstrosities always did freak me out a bit. The first time I read this book I was younger and when I’d go to the beach I’d check if there weren’t any lobstrosities coming out to get me. To think those things came out of someone’s imagination. In a world where things on paper’d come alive, those things would definitely top my creep-me-out list.

But I digress. I enjoyed this second volume very much, even more than the first and I got hooked deeper in Roland’s quest. His two companions are total unexpected surprises but as Roland says, each one’s a gunslinger in his/her own right.

And of course, Mr. King’s strategies and action-packed scenes are so totally cool! I loved everything about this second volume, especially the very satisfying climax.

In the first book, Roland’s choice disappointed me but this time he was my hero once again, with how he set things right.

Highly recommended.

 

 


Review – The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King

Book I In The Gunslinger (originally published in 1982), King introduces his most enigmatic hero, Roland Deschain of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting, solitary figure at first, on a mysterious quest through a desolate world that eerily mirrors our own. Pursuing the man in black, an evil being who can bring the dead back to life, Roland is a good man who seems to leave nothing but death in his wake. This new edition of The Gunslinger has been revised and expanded throughout by King, with new story material, in addition to a new introduction and foreword. It also includes four full-color illustrations in the hardcover and trade paperback formats.
Synopsis:    Book I
In The Gunslinger (originally published in 1982), King introduces his most enigmatic hero, Roland Deschain of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting, solitary figure at first, on a mysterious quest through a desolate world that eerily mirrors our own. Pursuing the man in black, an evil being who can bring the dead back to life, Roland is a good man who seems to leave nothing but death in his wake.
This new edition of The Gunslinger has been revised and expanded throughout by King, with new story material, in addition to a new introduction and foreword. It also includes four full-color illustrations in the hardcover and trade paperback formats.

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Review: 4 of 5 Stars

When I first started on the Dark Tower series some ten years ago, I had to stop at book 3 or 4 because back then, book 5 to 7 weren’t available where I lived and it was so hard to find the books I was looking for. Having an E-reader changed my life for the best – I could finally find the books I wanted – no, needed. I can’t count the number of books I’ve read since I got my Kindle. Here’s to hoping I finally make it to book 7 of the Dark Tower series.

Review
Every time I think of the Gunslinger, the image of Clint Eastwood from one of my favorite movies “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” pops into my mind. Oh, how I had my heart set on the rugged and dashing cowboy!

So that’s how Roland of Gilead, the gunslinger, looks like to me. He and Jake are the two characters who totally stole my heart from the very first moment I ‘met’ them. I can’t help but empathize with both of them.

Stephen King tells a gripping, mysterious tale of a gunslinger who relentlessly pursues a man in black in a quest to find The Dark Tower. We don’t know what The Dark Tower is or why Roland is seeking it. I found the man in black totally bonkers and absolutely spooky. *shudder* (Way to go, Mr. King.)

The first book’s like an appetizer, just giving you a tantalizing taste of all the delicacies to come. I was a willing follower of the Gunslinger throughout his journey and the tough choices he faced.

The only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5, was because Roland’s biggest choice made me unhappy but I understood why he had to do it.

Stephen King’s always been an amazing story-teller, but his Dark Tower series? They’re an absolute MUST-READ!