Village Dock. My home: Kincolith, BC
Hope: Such a powerful four letter word. Something, in spite of the "seemingly" lack of progress before me has me seeing deeply into the realms of the supernatural and the spiritual and seeing things as they really, really are: progress- great, great progress.
I remember before I was published in the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books, I received a call from one of my nieces. She said, "Uncle! Congratulations! You've been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul!" I'm like, "Aaaah, okay. Thank you? But I don't think so..." She was totally insistent, very adamant, "No! You have been! I've seen the book and read the story! It's yours- and it even had your name on it!" "Uuuummmm...okay. Thanks again? But I don't think so." She continued, "I was so proud- this is my uncle, Godwin!" I told her, "I think you might be mistaken or it's possibly another Godwin Barton- I've never submitted anything for publication to Chicken Soup for the Soul." She then told me that she would look for the book again, buy it, and show me the story. She searched, she couldn't find the book nor was there any story. Needless to say we both thought this was a very, very strange occurrence.
I took this as a sign, "Well maybe, just maybe, one day I'll be published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul books."
Some time later I decided to browse the Chicken Soup site. I read through the many pages, reading stories and story submission requirements. There was a call out for stories for an edition called "Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul." Reflecting on the novel that I'd begun many years ago and on one particular chapter, I thought, "I have the perfect story for this..." I took that chapter, read and re-read it, and did a few edits until I felt it was perfect and could be edited no more (I also had to get it down to 1200 words while maintaining the strength and integrity of the piece). Upon the final edit and feeling it like I've never felt it before, I knew it was done. My now ex-wife came and read the piece before I sent it. She said, "Wow! That's powerful, and beautiful." I said thanks, then sent it out. As I submitted the piece I remember thinking, "Okay niece, your uncle is about to be published in Chicken Soup for the Soul- just as you had seen."
Within a few weeks the publishers got back to me and within five months "Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul" was released, and I was in it. "Godwin Barton: Touched by a Higher Power." I guess God in the generosity of His Heart thought this wasn't enough so He placed it upon the editor's heart, "Let's contact Godwin one more time and see if he'll allow us to use a passage of his existing story as an inspirational quote for the soon to be released Chicken Soup for the Soul: Daily Inspirations." A few months later, "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Daily Inspirations" was released and I was featured on page 30- there is a page for each day of the year. The date, January 3oth. When asked by the publisher why I chose this date I replied, "It's my sobriety date. The day that I cleaned up my life- by the "Grace of God," drug and alcohol free." They were pleased and gave me this date, specifically.
Prophetic events and happenings? I totally believe in these; for these have followed me all the days of my life.
A man turned to me in McDonald's about a year ago. He was standing at the counter waiting on his order. He turned to me and said very excitedly, "Hey! How are you?!" "I'm fine, thank you...and how are you?" He replied with a smile that lit the entire room and with so much happiness and joy, then said, "I'm fine!" He stared at me for a few more seconds before saying quite loudly, "You're famous!" I'm like, "Aaaaaah....okay, I'm famous? I don't think so." He said, "No! You are! You're very famous! I was reading about you in a magazine the other day. It was quite an interesting article about you and it had pictures of you!" I'm like, "Noooo. I've never been interviewed by any magazine and I'm definitely not aware of any pictures taken of me for any magazine." He said, "It was you! It's still fresh in my mind. You look just like you do in the pictures!" Thoughts of my Chicken Soup experience began to echo in my soul. I then thought, "Okay, this guy says I'm famous- then I'm famous." Still smiling ear to ear and extremely happy to meet me he said again, "You're famous!" I looked at him and smiled, then said, "Okay...I'm famous." I asked him his name, formally introduced myself, shook his hand and he left. I walked out of McDonald's and said in my heart, "Okay God. You say that I'm famous...then I'm famous." I've never seen this man again.
Prophetic happenings? God has dealt this way with me all of my life- in visions, dreams, happenings, and events.
Still, a few weeks later I was doing a presentation to a grade seven class at an elementary school. One of the kids shouted respectfully, "Godwin! I was reading an article about you in a magazine recently. They also had a lot of very nice pictures of you." I looked at him and smiled, "Thank you. I agree and accept that, but I've haven't been featured in any magazines to date." Like the others before, he was one hundred percent certain it was me.
When things don't appear to be moving before me; I look into the realms of the supernatural and the spiritual. There are always great and mighty things happening there.
I don't aspire to be famous- I just long to share beauty, honor, strength, and hope with the world.
I hope you are well and that everyone dearest to you is in good health.