This is not a book of entertainment but of thought. My goal is to bring many people's silent reality out into the open to help alleviate some of the world's hardships on their shoulders. Some of the stories and poems may have created a heavy heart within you, but they are written, to be taken as an example of hardships, and to be used for your advantage, understanding, realization, and to bring a new perspective in the lives people live every day. This is a book to enlighten your heart with words of understanding and wisdom. I hope I am able to lift your spirits, open your eyes, and help you become aware of the surrounding world. I will end in wishing you strength and encouragement through life's trials.