365 Challenge: Day 257 – Self (Author Alert: Christy Birmingham)

Self: (a) a person’s essential being that distinguishes them from others, especially considered as the object of introspection or reflexive action, or (b) 365 Daily Challenge word for today’s author alert — Christy Birmingham

If you are new to the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog, the 365 Daily Challenge, or the Author Alert segment, check out the About Site section from the main menu. Below are some key things to know about this author, but at the end of this post, you’ll see the permanent page I’ve added to my blog. You can return to check out more on who she is, what she’s writing and how to buy her future work. Christy and I met about 3 months ago over some inspirational posts that we had both been sharing around the same time. I followed her, she followed me… and we started seeing a bunch of similarities in our voices, plus she’d written a book and I was in the middle of publishing mine. What a great way to kick-start getting to know each other even more. I bought her book a few weeks ago and started reading a few pages each night before bed in the last week. Stay tuned for a review, but you can read a sneak peak below.


Social Interactions and the Sense of Self

The sense of self can be affected by what goes on outside of the body, specifically in the social realm. Although I strive for an unwavering self-identity, I admit to being knocked about by negativity in my environment. It alters my sense of “I,” whether temporarily or permanently. It was with this in mind that I organized my poems for Versions of the Self.

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The reality is that we aren’t living in a cocoon. Although at times I would like to be in that cocoon – it’s safe, dark, and warm – it would also be lonely. And that’s not going to help me in continuing to grow in life. It would feed on the very depression that I take steps not to give in to day after day. Instead, I put myself out there and hope someone will be kind in how they receive the interaction I put forth in my personal and professional pursuits. Sometimes it is a positive social interaction, and other times it’s a swift elbow to the emotional gut.

But, really, life wouldn’t have so much color to it if there weren’t those interactions. And each color – as noted on the cover of Versions of the Self – alludes to a type of social interaction. There are many types of relationships we form, in addition to the special one we have to ourselves. There is friendship, romantic relationship, spiritual, and many more.

And while up to this point I have spoken only about how the sense of self is affected by others, it works the other way too. “I” can affect positive change in others and also encourage a more destructive path.

So, what to do with this information? I processed it in poetry, and I continue to live it daily. It is a reminder to take care with those whom we reach out to. Take care with words and actions, even if we are low on sleep, have recently received bad news, or are just plain in a bad mood.

It is also a reminder to deal with the bad that comes our way through our relationships as well as we can and to be grateful for the good interactions when they occur. Let us not let those negative moments keep us from the more positive ones. And there will be positive ones. Never give up hope in that.


Find Christy Birmingham blogging about ways to enhance your life and live fully at When Women Inspire. Also, you can find her on TwitterPinterest, and Google+

[Alert Interruption from Jay — Thanks to Christy for participating in this week’s spotlight. I finished her book and enjoyed it greatly; my review will post later this weekend. There were many poems that spoke to me, but I’ve cut/paste a few lines to give you a taste of the intensity and connections throughout the collection. I fully recommend reading this one.  I’d post more poems, but you need to go check it out to see all that beauty. Enjoy…


“I want to alter my recipe,

Lighter on the ridicule and

Heavier on the gratitude

If I am here to speak,

My tongue learns to pronounce properly

The language forming within me.”


To see more about Christy Birmingham on ThisIsMyTruthNow, check out her dedicated author page where future content and books will added as she publishes them and I review them. I am currently in process of reading the book and will post a review in the next few days.

Thanks for stopping by this edition of the Author Alert.


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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  1. This is the boost I needed today, Christy ~ remembering to be grateful and not allowing one interaction to color my mood or dent my (at times) fragile identity. I like that you ended with ‘hope.’ Thank you, my friend. And thanks to James for hosting you ❤

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  2. It’s lovely to read about Christy here, James. I follow Christy’s interesting blog and thoroughly enjoyed her book of poems Versions of the Self. I agree with her advice to take care with words and actions. It’s incredibly important for ourselves and others.

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  3. Christy truly lives her life truly trying to be the best person she can. Her heart is so big and her emotion so real, you can’t help but be part of that when you read her poetry. We all benefit from touching base with Christy and all she has to offer.

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  4. Thanks for sharing.
    Your post has many great reminders for each of us. Life isn’t always about “Us.” Sometimes it’s hard not to fall into our cocoon. However, we must persevere and be the light not only for ourselves but others, too.

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