January 4th, 2018
The photo that is known as, Skiing on Thayer Street, was taken on the fourth day of 2018. Hours after this photo was taken, Kevin Parks, 2009 graduate of Texas A&M University, asked the following question, which shook the picture taker to the core.
“If you succeeded as a writer or author,” asked Kevin, “what would that look like for you?”
“Love education would be a standard offer in lower-level schools.” The picture taker replied and, after a moment of hesitation, elaborated. “English skills, Math skills, and Thumospathic skills would be [gradually] taught from first through twelfth grade.”
“I like the teachings,” said Kevin, “but in my opinion, the branding could be more powerful; maybe working with someone to simplify some of the storytelling…”
The teachings that Kevin mentioned are from my first book, THUMOS: Adulthood, Love & Collaboration, which is referred to as #ThumosBook1. It is the first volume in the collection known as The Book of Thumos, which is referred to as #ThumosBook, i.e. without a numeric suffix.
Kevin is not the first to be impressed with the book. Before reading beyond the first three chapters, Katie Barnwell, 2013 graduate of Brown University, concluded in 2016 that the book “can and will be life-changing for many people.”
Ilaf Elard, 2016 Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at Brown University, agreed with Barnwell. It was he who suggested that the following should be presented on the back cover of the book: “Your life will be changed before you finish reading the first three chapters. Relationships with others will be changed before the seventh chapter.”
“Making it friendlier and easier for public digestion,” said Kevin. “In my opinion, thumos is abstract, and could be substituted with a different term.”
Jonathan Kwee, 2016 graduate of Cornell University, agrees with Kevin. Few months earlier, as captured in a private video, he told Nick, “what is missing in the book is the human touch. Right now, it’s a really good book with very good content but it’s missing a heart.”
“Of all the things you discussed, do you know what the most compelling thing is?” Asked Jon. It’s the “bringing [of] quality assurance to humanity.”
“And, the first story you told me about, why you started to do thumos,” said Jon. “You started [it] because you wanted to be a good father. When I hear that, that is what touches me.”
“Thumos material, when I read all that stuff, it touches me here,” said Jon as he pointed his left index finger to his head.
“But when I hear your story, it touches me here,” said Jon as he covered his heart with his right hand. “And you need to touch both [the head and the heart], if you want [thumos] to become a successful story.”
“Right now, it’s good but it’s too clinical,” said Jon. “You need to make a book such that when they look [into] it, they fall in love with it.”
NOTICE: The featured image at the top of this article is from the copyrighted photo, Skiing on Thayer Street, which was taken near Brown University by Nickantony Quach around 3:43 in the afternoon on the 4th day of 2018. The tallest building in the background is the Sciences Library of Brown University. Click here for access to a license to use this image for your purposes.