James Wilcox Discusses what Gratitude Means to Him

Author James Wilcox

It is my pleasure to have Author James Wilcox on my blog today.  He has written Sex, Lies and the Classroom, The M-16 Agenda, and Musings of a Particular Bear: A Collection of PoetryHe is part of the WoMen’s Literary Cafe Gratitude Blog Hop.

Thanks for joining me today, James! 

grat·i·tude: noun: the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful–Dictionary.com

When I was first approached about writing a blog for the Gratitude Blog Hop, I thought my assignment was easy.  All I had to do was write 500 words about gratitude.  No sweat.

As I pondered my assignment over the next couple of days, the task became more and more daunting.  How does someone describe an emotion, a feeling?  How can I say thank you to all the people I am grateful for?  How can describe all the ways my friends and family have helped me throughout my life?  How can I express my gratitude to the multitude of people who have been kind enough to share their knowledge, expertise, experience, and comfort with me?  Faced with this daunting challenge, I am left nearly speechless (which is saying something).

As my deadline quickly approaches, I have decided to narrow my focus and concentrate solely on my writing career in an effort to express my gratitude to those who have made it possible for me to be a writer in the first place.

In Gratitude: To my wife, who understands and supports my need isolate myself from our family and our everyday life to struggle for a few simple words.

In Gratitude: To my children, who fuel my desire to keep telling stories.

In Gratitude: To my mother, who taught me to love reading at an early age and nurtured my desire to tell my own stories.

In Gratitude: To my readers, for taking a chance on my stories.

In Gratitude: To all the writers who came before me, for creating the stories that have shaped my own writing.

In Gratitude: To Joe and Cynthia, for reading my work, correcting my mistakes, and generally helping my avoid sounding like an idiot.

In Gratitude: To all of the writers involved in Melissa Foster’s Come Back to Me Book Launch promotion, for sharing your knowledge, answering my questions, and letting me tag along.

In Gratitude: To Joe and Cynthia, for reading my work, correcting my mistakes, and generally helping my avoid sounding like an idiot.

In Gratitude: To Melissa Foster and the Women’s Literary Café for including me in the Come Back to Me Book Launch promotion and the Gratitude Blog Hop.  I have learned so much and am humbled by your support.

Although this list could continue on and on, I just want to thank everyone who has read my work, shared their insight, offered suggestions, and supported my writing.  I couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you.  Writing is an inherently lonely process, but you make it bearable


I aspire only to be artistic,

but creative I am not.

I merely write a few words,

in simple rhyme.

I see friends on the stage,

getting laughs and cries.

I see friends at the canvas,

painting beautiful portraits.

I see myself under a lamp,

struggling for a few simple words.

On that stage, I want to be.

At that canvas I dream.

Under a lamp,

at a desk,

pen in hand,

I remain,

struggling for a few simple words,

and that is all for me.

James P. Wilcox is the author of Sex, Lies, and the Classroom, The M-16 Agenda, and the recently released Musings of a Particular Bear: A Poetry Collection.  James,  a former newspaper photographer and writer, is currently a high school teacher in the Kansas City area, where he lives with his wife and three children.  He is currently working on his third novel.

The WoMen’s Literary Cafe Authors wish to thank all of the support we had on our recent book launch. As a thank you everyone who leaves a comment will get “The M-16 Agenda” by James Wilcox for free.  Please leave your name and email address for your free PDF file. 

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36 thoughts on “James Wilcox Discusses what Gratitude Means to Him

  1. Thanks Janell. I know I forgot countless people but I do know that I wouldn’t be where I am today without all the love, care, support, and help I have received throughout my life. It is truly humbling to think about how many people have built the bridges I needed to get through life.


    1. Writing down what you’re thankful for and why is difficult. There is SO MUCH! Most of the time, I end up writing, “EVERYTHING.” 🙂 Thanks for commenting. If you’d like a free book, leave your email address and I’ll get it sent.


    2. Thank you for your comment and for joining us on the Gratitude Blog Hop. It truly is humbling to realize how many people help us through our lives for no other reason than “they just want to”.


  2. Wonderful post! Gratitude is something very real to me also–as with you, I am grateful for all the people who have supported me in my dreams and helped me along the way. I am grateful for the fact that I was born a woman in North America, at this particular time in history, where we have experienced the “golden life”- freedom of speech,thought,belief,movement, and actions. I am also grateful for the abundance,respect and dignity we have–all the things many women around the world do not experience. I reflect on this often.


  3. zencherry

    James! Woot! Natch I’ve got to come and read your fabulousness. Good job! 😀

    Would love, love, love a copy of your book. Awesomeness! hovermale (at) insightbb (dot) com


  4. James, this post is such a thoughtful exploration of what is gratitude. It was moving to read the list of all the people in your life for whom you are thankful. I love your prose! I can’t wait to read your book! Cheers, Carrie AdvancedPR (at) Gmail (dot) com


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