Every day I see more and more that people are hurting. Financially. Emotionally. Professionally. Just sorrow everywhere I turn. And I have to ask myself...why? With all the resources on this planet, why are people going without? Without self-esteem. Without food. Without shelter. Simply without. I suspect the reason is that helping our fellow man isn't as important to most as acquiring material possessions. If I were currently living my professional dream, I wonder what I'd think of all the despair I see around me. Could I be so tuned in to the hurt and pain I see because I'm feeling some myself? Perhaps. But, either way, I see what I see and want to do what I can to ease some of the misery people believe they're enduring. I hope & pray the volunteer work I do at the assisted-living residence affects some of the residents and staff in a positive way. Surely my work there isn't in vain. I hope & pray that, although professional success hasn't embraced me yet, that it's on the way. Surely my journey toward it isn't in vain. I hope that all the young & "older" brothers and sisters I know who are striving to earn a living as actors/writers/directors, etc., aren't striving in vain. No adult wants to move back in with his/her parents because they can't make it out here on their own. Positive self-esteem is NOT born that way. --- Whatever the future brings, I fully intend to keep living and loving as freely and openly and compassionately as I currently do. And, whether I have two dollars in my pocket or two million, I intend to continue extending a helping hand to those I deem worthy of receiving one. Yes, I have to make that judgement call. I am a SURVIVOR. For that, I am thankful. It's high time I transition into being a THRIVER! 'Cause living my BEST life is lonnnnnng overdue!!!!