yesterday, i read this on poet cherryl floyd-miller's blog, and it's still with me. as a young writer, i'm fiercely protective of my art and the knowing i am meant to do it. it is why i'm here. yes. i've long known that each of us is meant to use who we are to serve this world in some meaningful way. who we are meant to be while here, i trust, rests with each of us in divine partnership with our creator. life purpose is the most sacred of endeavors; its discovery and fulfilment (thank goodness) is not at the discretion of anyone. not friends, family, lovers, colleagues, critics, reviewers, editors, publishers. this i know.