Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Capable of Becoming Good: Guest Post by Gloria Loring

When I was a little girl and TV was still in black and white, my mother was addicted to Days of Our Lives, a soap-opera, which aired on one of the network channels. As a young mother and flower child transplanted to an Air Force base on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I longed for something to help me feel at home.  One afternoon, as my two-year old slept, I flipped through the channels to find Days still going strong!  Many of the characters were still there, but I noticed this newbie, Liz Chandler, played by actress, Gloria Loring.  The first thing that grabbed me was Gloria's sparkling, impish eyes, and then she sang!  I was hooked. I watched Days off and on for many years, but Liz was always my favorite female character.

A few weeks ago, I got my Women on Writing newsletter.  As I read that they were hosting a blog tour for Gloria Loring, I wonder if this was THE Gloria Loring from Days. To my delight, I learned that indeed, this was one and the same Gloria Loring.  My delight increased when it was confirmed that I would be hosting her on my blog for the tour.

Interestingly, as I read her book, I learned that Gloria's life mirrored mine in many ways. What a coincidence that as I finish seminary and begin a new chapter in my life, one of my favorite actresses not only writes a book about coincidences, but is also a guest on my blog!  Needless to say, I am greatly honored.

So, please welcome one of my favorite actresses as well as singer/songwriter - Gloria Loring!


 Capable of Becoming Good

Years ago I read Pierre Teilhard De Chardin’s words, “Not everything is immediately good, but everything is capable of becoming good.” At first I found his idea surprising, yet time and experience have affirmed his wisdom.

My son Brennan’s diagnosis with diabetes was my heart’s greatest grief and my life’s greatest gift. My love for him led me to write books for people with diabetes, raise $1 million for research, and form my own record label. If not for Brennan’s diagnosis, I would never have become an author, fundraiser, and entrepreneur.

When I was on Days, I recorded “Friends and Lovers “ with Carl Anderson. Because of Days’ ten million fans, I was certain the song would find a record label. Every major company turned it down. During the time we worked to find a home for it, I sang the song on Days repeatedly and it became a fan favorite. When it was finally released a year later, it went straight to the top of the charts. What seemed like a bad thing (the long wait) became a good thing.

Now I look at my life through the lens of Chardin’s words. When an event challenges me, I turn my attention as quickly as possible to the idea that good may come of it. I detail how to do this in my new book, noting that when a coincidence (a coinciding of meaningful events) comes our way, you can:
  • Determine if it has a message for you. Does it peak your interest, nag at you?
  • Discover if there are additional clues. Is there a pattern? Have several people or events brought this to your attention?
  • Define the message. What is it asking of you? More patience, forgiveness, kindness, love? What is it guiding you toward? Is there something it is asking you to do? If so...
  • Do it!! See what happens, and watch for the good that may come. 
I have learned that everything can serve a beneficial purpose... that everything is capable of becoming good.
 

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The former “Liz Chandler” on Days of Our Lives, Gloria Loring is a singer, songwriter, actress and author. Her new book, Coincidence Is God’s Way of Remaining Anonymous, offers evidence that coincidence can be used for our good. 
Gloria can be found at: www.glorialoring.comwwwfacebook.com/GloriaLoring, www.twitter.com/GloriaLoring

Thank you, Gloria for sharing yourself with us today.  Namaste!
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11 comments:

Julie Luek said...

Wonderful interview-- I loved reading her interview on WOW as well. This book sounds like a real life-changer. Thank you for sharing.

Jen said...

My mother and brother watched Days every day. It was one of the many things that bonded them. It is the only show she watches anymore.

I was thinking about this very thing the other day. That good things come to those who wait and often what we think is bad really turns out to be pretty good with a little time, sometimes, most of the time, even better than we could have imagined.

On a side note I was at the thrift store the other day, because of the song all the kids want to shop at Goodwill so I took my daughter and her friend to the thrift shop. The first album I saw was Gloria's and I bought it because I LOVE THAT SONG!

Eliza Fayle said...

Wow, I have finally found a usage of the word coincidence that I like! I believe the life is one big connect the dots game, so it always bothers me when people say "Oh, that is just a coincidence." This has caused me to basically remove the word coincidence from my vocabulary. "A coinciding of meaningful events" is brilliant! It is about finding meaning in events, not waving them off or worse not even being aware of their occurrence in the first place. Thank you, Gloria and Linda.

Margo Dill said...

I've been following Gloria around the web because I find this topic fascinating and I loved her book. I also love the Einstein quote which she used as her topic! I can't wait to buy this gift for KB's grandmas for mother's day. I think they will both love it. I love how Gloria is making us pay more attention to what is happening in our lives. It is important!

Anonymous said...

I love coincidences, especially when we get to build on them. Thanks for coming up with the words to wrap my brain around what to do with them

Linda M. Rhinehart Neas, M.Ed. said...

Dear Julie,Jen, Eliza and Margo,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts. I have always been intrigued by coincidence. Too often, people just ignore them or make light of them, but I have always listened and it does make a difference.

I love Gloria's book...so much of it is like my life story, too. A wonderful coincidence to find another Kindred Spirit!

Blessings to you all...Linda

Linda M. Rhinehart Neas, M.Ed. said...

Dear Anonymous...

Yes, having the words to wrap around concepts helps us to understand and incorporate them into our lives. Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings, Linda

Kath Fearing said...

Dear Gloria, Your words have struck home with me. There were several times in my life when I became discouraged, but what I learned to do was to listen and then follow my heart. I felt that writing for kids was what I should be doing, and after hearing from people (kids included) that they were struck in some way by what I had written I knew my heart was telling me the truth. But, as you said, patience was needed but it paid off. Thanks so much for opening your heart.

Linda M. Rhinehart Neas, M.Ed. said...

Dear Kath,

I knew Gloria's story and words would resonate with you. Keep listening to your heart...it is a very special place! Love you, dear soul sister!

Linda

Gloria Loring said...

Thank you all! Yes, watching and deciphering coincidence makes life a treasure hunt, and helps us avoid making the same errors again and agin.

If you read my book and it's inspiring, please post a review on goodreads.com or amazon.com if you purchase it from them. with a big smile, Gloria

Anonymous said...

Gloria, I will be most happy to post a review. I will be getting copies for my girls.

Thank you for being YOU!

Linda