After more than two decades in law enforcement, he felt like there was still more to do to help others. Then the answer came to Thomas Mavity in a dream — write a book.

After more than two decades in law enforcement, he felt like there was still more to do to help others. Then the answer came to Thomas Mavity in a dream — write a book.

He’d never had any aspirations of becoming an author, had never considered himself a writer, but after conceiving the concept and layout of the book literally in a dream, he says he moved forward with confidence and never looked back.

That dream was more than four years ago, and now the book — “T.H.A.N.K. Y.O.U.: Postive Words and Actions with Gratitude Lead to Success” — is a reality. Its mission is to teach and mentor people towards a better and more fulfilling life, defining success not by monetary things but by living a positive life mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Mavity wrote the book in his spare time, often in the peaceful hours of early morning. He describes it as a “gift trying to touch people’s hearts.”

While it was a relatively slow process, due to writing in between work and personal life, Mavity says there was never a struggle for words.

“The words poured out of me. It was time-consuming, but I can’t say it was difficult,” he says.

The aim is to help people create a more positive outlook despite all the negativity in the world, offering inspirational words along with some concrete advice to changing negative outlook and habits.

“I just hope it inspires anybody who picks it up,” says Mavity.

With a similar feel to a devotional and a deep Christian core, Mavity sets up the self-help book in chapters based on each letter of the main title with one-word subheadings summarizing a brief segment of thoughtful commentary based on his beliefs inspired by his own mentors and years of playing sports and working in law enforcement. There is also a lengthy acknowledgement section in which he thanks 27 people who made significant positive impacts in his life.

The outlay of the book lends itself to a slow thoughtful reading, taking in one or two segments as your time allows each day and letting the discussion sink in.

A couple of examples explains more readily. One of the subheads under “H” includes the theme of Heritage. In three long paragraphs, Mavity talks about the impact of our heritage, our past, on our lives.

He states in part, “Heritage answers many questions we have about ourselves and how we react to circumstances. If we learn our heritage early, it can keep us from making many of the same mistakes our ancestors made. Knowing our heritage and developing a healthy lifestyle from our past can be important to pass onto others. Our heritage can be bright and proud, or dark and unhealthy. How we handle our heritage will make a big impact on the world.”

In Chapter “A,” the subheading of Able states in part, “When we know we are able, treat it as a gift from God. Feel grateful for our qualified power to discern. Work positively and recognize the magnitude of what we can help others to accomplish.”

And lest you think this is just a book for people with outwardly troubled lives, subheadings such as Accomplish and Ambitious offer some thoughts on the aims of our goals, guiding readers toward healthy and balanced lives with God no matter your worldly success.