In the Midst of Reality

Category: Uniquelahoma | People
Date Published: February 15, 2018

“What you hold onto holds on to you.”

This is a mantra that C.L. Har­mon, author of In the Midst of Real­i­ty, lives by. His nov­el was self-pub­lished on Ama­zon in 2013 and is a col­lec­tion of what Har­mon refers to as mind­sets. Mind­sets are short works of non-fic­tion that reflect how Har­mon sees the world as well as how to deal with and over­come obsta­cles in life.“They orig­i­nal­ly start­ed out as dark poet­ry,” Har­mon said. “Despite a per­fect­ly nor­mal and hap­py child­hood, I became clin­i­cal­ly depressed around the time I was 19 and I start­ed writ­ing these dark poems to help deal with what I was going through. Even­tu­al­ly, the writ­ing mor­phed from dark vers­es to more pos­i­tive creations.”

Mind­sets are writ­ten to be relat­able to peo­ple from all walks of life. They tack­le not one, but many issues that peo­ple face such as pain, free­dom, hap­pi­ness and many more. The cre­ation of mind­sets helped Har­mon to learn how to write and con­vey his feel­ings. His career goal is to use mind­sets as well as his nov­el to help others.“There was a lady when I worked for a news­pa­per who called my supe­ri­or one day about a mind­set I had writ­ten,” Har­mon said. “She said she did not nor­mal­ly read the paper but for some odd rea­son she felt com­pelled to that day and she read what I had pub­lished. She was a Chris­t­ian and had recent­ly lost her son. She talked about how she had strug­gled with his loss and that noth­ing, includ­ing her faith, had helped her work through her con­fu­sion and grief. But that day, read­ing my mind­set, she man­aged to find the peace and resolve over her loss. And that made me so hap­py. It was my lit­tle incen­tive to keep going, know­ing that I was mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in someone’s life and could do that for others.”

While Harmon’s work is deeply root­ed in his per­son­al faith, he does not seg­re­gate his writ­ing to peo­ple that hold the same beliefs. He believes that every per­son has their own cre­ator and path and his writ­ing serves to influ­ence peo­ple to find that path and pur­sue it.“One of my biggest goals in my writ­ing was to ensure that I did not tai­lor it to just one audi­ence,” Har­mon said. “Whether you are Chris­t­ian and believe in God or Jew­ish or belong to the Islam­ic faith, I want the mes­sage to reach and help every­one. Every per­son is so impor­tant and has so much poten­tial inside them. They are able to cre­ate and do things that no one else can and some­times I think they for­get that. We get so caught up in our day to day lives that we for­get that we can make a dif­fer­ence on our own. Every action and deci­sion we make affects peo­ple and we choose whether it’s a good or bad effect.”

Har­mon stat­ed that he will prob­a­bly con­tin­ue to write mind­sets until he dies. Sec­ond, only to rais­ing his chil­dren, it is his most proud accom­plish­ment. He believes that every per­son has tal­ents with­in them and that they should use these tal­ents to do what they can to bet­ter them­selves as well as the world around them.

“I want my writ­ing to affect peo­ple, but I don’t want them to think I am preach­ing,” Har­mon said. “I don’t want them to think I am telling them to go out and do some­thing. I want them to find the action with­in them­selves. But I want every­one to have this oppor­tu­ni­ty. Even though I have pub­lished the book I have pub­lished many mind­sets for free online for peo­ple to access. I don’t want to get rich on my writ­ing. I want to be rich on know­ing that I have helped oth­ers and that is a vast­ly dif­fer­ent and amaz­ing thing.”So what kind of change do you want to be?

Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams


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