REFLECTIONS – Writings
Reflections by Len Blackstone are inspirational and thought-provoking letters meant to enrich your personal and professional life journey – how you can more fully live and love, make wiser choices, and find more meaning.
Many are fascinated with the story behind Reflections – how my “private” writing became “public”. It is a story of heartbreaking pain and heartfelt pleasure.
The pain was in the fall of 2009. Our youngest daughter nearly died from the H1N1 virus. She was in a coma for 14 days, in intensive care for six weeks, and hospitalized for two months. During this traumatic time, my wife and I emailed close friends updates on our daughter’s progress. These “updates” also included my reflective thoughts about life and death, passion and purpose.
The pleasure part of the story was the amazing response. Friends distributed the emails to their friends and colleagues. Soon, hundreds from literally around the world requested to be included on the email list. And, after the trauma passed, dozens of people emailed asking me to continue writing.
So, in 2010, I began writing and emailing Reflections. Once again, the response was amazing. What started as an email letter to a few close friends transformed into a very large and growing community of readers.
In 2013, I hope to release my first book, AWAKENINGS: Tender-Hearted Thoughts from a Tough-Minded Executive. The book will include dozens of never-before-seen essays, as well as some all-time reader favorites of the Reflections letters.
As I look back over my sixty years, I feel blessed with many successes and challenged by my many failures. I know firsthand the highs of pleasure and the lows of pain. Because of the encouragement of readers like you, I want to give back and write more.
If you would like to receive Reflections (a letter sent a few times a year) you can subscribe in the top right column of this website. As a subscriber, you will be one of the first to be notified when the book is released. FYI, the email letters are free. Be assured, you can unsubscribe at any time and I won’t share your email address with anyone.
To read a sample essay, click here.