Kelly Johnson author and photographer of Gratitude  Kelly Johnson is the author and photographer of Gratitude
An excerpt page of Gratitude


Writing Gratitude was akin to rolling the dice, for it involved an intricate dance between chance and intention, uncertainty and creativity. Just as a roll of the dice determines the outcome of a game, embarking on the journey of writing a book brings forth a myriad of possibilities, each with its own unique set of risks and rewards.

Dice rolling

Like the tumbling dice, the initial spark of an idea takes flight, carried by the wind of inspiration. It is an act of courage and vulnerability, for every sentence penned is a gamble—a leap of faith into the unknown. With each roll of the dice, my imagination navigates unfamiliar territories, delving into the depths of the characters’ into the soul of my mother and the beauty of flowers, and me, the daughter with a keenness for learning, listening, and loving.

Writing is not for the faint-hearted. There are vast pieces of exposure involved. This is vastly heavy when you’re an introvert, which I am. But the brilliance of it is you connect with people and share magic, joy, passion, and beauty. You are letting people into your private space. A space that you held sacred. You are revealing your heart and soul to the unknown.

With each turn of the page, the dice continue to roll. The path may twist and turn unexpectedly, revealing hidden layers of the story. Like a gambler at the table, I, the writer, must adapt and trust in my creative instincts.

Yet, amidst the uncertainty, there is a meditative beauty in the act of writing. It is a dance between control and surrender, a harmonious balance between structure and spontaneity. Each word and sentence holds the potential to surprise, delight, and captivate both the writer and the reader.

Ultimately, the final outcome is not solely determined by the dice roll but by the writer’s dedication, resilience, and unwavering passion. It is the culmination of countless hours spent honing the craft, wrestling with self-doubt, and daring to breathe life into the story that stirs within. I have gratitude for the journey and gift of writing and telling a beautiful piece of my story.

Gratitude by Kelly Johnson 

If your heart is waiting for joy. It's time for Gratitude! Gratitude is available at 
May 18, 2023 — Kelly Johnson

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