My writing journey 1

What is your point of view on the subject? Do you want to hear it as I was taught at Pető, or do you prefer the tone down version?

After such a lovely few weeks of hot sunny days, a gentle rain shower greeted me as I stepped out of the door this morning. The air is still warm, but there is a certain stillness in the air. We are still in lockdown in the UK.

To make myself prepared and ready for writing I usually start my mornings with scrubbing myself clean under the shower and after that dipping into a salt bath mixed with essential oils and finishing the ritual with a cold shower.

There has been so much happening over these two years since I started writing. I might go back to old dilemmas and share them with you, but today I will tell you about a recent one.

When I sent the preface and the first chapter of the book to a few friends for proofreading I had two significant responses.

Both agreed that it is very easy to read which was one of my aims so to be accessible and interesting for the majority of readers.

One of them pointed out that although she prefers being upfront herself some of the readers might be more sensitive.

My other friend wanted to have a long chat so to clarify some parts of the text and asked me to explain what I meant.

After sleeping on it she called me and said: I regret that I suggested that you tone it down a bit and change things slightly. I think the world needs to hear it.

You see this is one of the hardest; to translate Pető’s ideas and  40 years of algorithm into a sound blueprint that works and delivers results. There is no algorithm for 40 years of experience.

Let me give you an example.

At Pető’s time and even at the beginning of the  80-s there were times that children were not allowed to go home at weekends from the residential part of the Insitute. Even if they were doing extremely well and one would think that they truly deserved to spend time with their parents. They were not allowed to leave as a few days spent at home would have destroyed their hard-earned progress.

Their parents and their life circumstances were not equipped with what was necessary for maintaining their achievements.  It would have set them back for months.

So when I say in the book – ‘You cannot love somebody watching them deteriorating. The love I am talking about is not the love that the majority of people understand as love.’- might be strong and could be misinterpreted as some of Pető’s ways.

What is your point of view on the subject? Do you want to hear it and read it as I was taught at Pető, or do you prefer the tone down version?






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