Anita Agers Brooks

Writing Challenges into Gratitude


By day, I manage a large river resort, crossing paths with thousands of people every summer. The work requires long hours, exhausting days, and more headaches than I sometimes believe I can tolerate. For me, it tests God’s mandate to be thankful for everything — too often I fail the test.

However, my writing is helping me give thanks much better than I have in the past. How? I look for the story in every circumstance. Even, and maybe especially, the hard situations.

Every challenge is riddled with conflict. And what makes a fabulous story? Why conflict of course.

I’m a strange breed of writer who works on multiple projects at once. But every story I’m writing (three currently) was conceived in painful situations. Writing moves me beyond healing into a place of true gratitude. If I didn’t have my experiences, what could I write about? Certainly nothing anyone would want to read.

These days I thank God for the dramatic life I’ve gotten to lead. Otherwise, my stories would lack the spark of emotional truth. Reality gives my imagination pizzazz. I’m writing my challenges into gratitude, because that’s what authors do.

When a new challenge comes at you, do you quickly look for the future story at its heart? How does writing spark gratitude in you?

“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 4:15 NIV).

Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Expert, Certified Personality Trainer, Communications Specialist, speaker, and writer. She lives in Missouri with her family.

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