For many years I spent counseling school age children, I dealt with many who were neglected, fatherless, or just confused about their existence, often wondering whether they were truly loved and important. As I state in my more personal bio section, all I ever wanted to have in life, aside from my Faith and Love in God, was a family to call my own. Having spent my own childhood with feelings of insecurity and not always feeling like I belonged, I never wanted another child to feel abandoned and alone in a big world that too often is cold and cruel.
One of the most sacred privileges I am afforded as a counselor is to be able to get an up close and deeper look into the minds and hearts of our children and a more disturbing view of the world that so abruptly rips away their innocence.
Gently, I would ask them...
"If I could grant you three wishes, what would you wish for?”
Hence the "I Wish" series was born.
My publicist and I held conversations over the "I Wish" series and whether I should keep it strictly a "feel good / Merry Christmas / roses are red" type series. But in life, "peachy king" is not always reality. There is tremendous pain in the world and many of our children carry heavy burdens. Life doesn't come with a backpack of crayons for them, it comes with a boulder of hardships planted on their hearts. Often children go to bed hungry and crying with no one to love them and few that understand them. Many are neglected and bullied, and others are simply not seen. It is my vision to reach out to children of all races, denominations, social statuses and in every realm of the Earth to say, "You are special and accepted in your own way."
So no, the "I Wish" series is not just sleighs and bells ringing. Look for me to hit some heavy topics and I assure you with my background as a counselor and my ability to reach the children, this is a series you will "wish" to follow.