Lessons Learned: Going Beyond

Being an author, there’s many scenes in my novels where the characters are “going to hell in a handbasket.” The phrase “go to hell in a handbasket” originated from the American Civil War. It basically means that doom is coming and it’s coming quickly.

When I plot my books, I create conflict and impossible situations to keep the stories moving forward and to keep the reader’s interest. How will the protagonist get herself out of this mess? What is the antagonist going to do when he’s in the middle of a battle and trapped in a dungeon? Each scene builds off the other, spiraling into a hot mess of pain and emotional stress until the characters get to the point of no return. And then it stops. This is where change occurs. This is where the characters rise and become stronger, confident, and free from the situation.

It’s something to think about when we’re going through turmoil due to our current events. We can change. We can climb once again. We can get beyond and jump out of that handbasket.

Lessons Learned: Recharging Your Batteries

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.” – Corrie Ten Boom.

In her quote, I think stress and anxiety can be included along with worry. When this happens, recharge your batteries. Take a look at your situation or the situation at hand. Think about what caused it, what you can do to change how you feel, and then take action, even if it’s one small step, to lift the worry, stress, or anxiety until it’s gone. Remember, there may not be anything you can do about the situation, but you can change how you feel or react to it. Charge your heart and soul, increase your battery supply, and stay positive.

Beth M James – Author of novels based on strong characters, elements of romance, and lessons learned. www.bethmjames.com

Memorial Day

Please take a few minutes of silence today to honor the men and women who died in battle or died due to wounds sustained in battle. They made the ultimate sacrifice for us and our country. They fought. They were scared. They were determined. They were strong. They have loved ones and comrades who miss them. My prayers go out to them and their families, especially to those EOD men and woman who’ve died in the line of duty.

 

 

Beth M James – Author of novels based on strong characters, elements of romance, and lessons learned. www.bethmjames.com

Lessons Learned: Inspiration and Graduation

The other night, a special called “Graduate Together: Honoring the Class of 2020” aired on TV. CNN has a summary of the special on their website that is worth checking out:

CNN: https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/graduate-together-2020/index.html

What a great special! The advice given to our graduates by Former Presidents Obama and Clinton, LeBron James, Megan Rapinoe, and so many others was inspirational…even for me, having graduated many years ago.

Just remember, what we can do as individuals or together to improve our situation, our lives, our world is unlimited.

And for those of you who are graduating this year…

Congratulations!

Celebrate

Stay positive. Be inspired. Change the world.

Beth M James – Author of novels based on strong characters, elements of romance, and lessons learned. http://www.bethmjames.com

Lessons Learned: Adapting to Change

In this time of waiting and staying home, lives have changed. The way we interact with people, the way we work, the way we rearrange appointments, and the way we entertain. For us, in the James’ household, this included how we shuffled living arrangements to help our daughter’s family out. We adapted to the COVID-19 events, keeping everyone safe, happy and sane in our household. We accomplished our goal, focusing one day at a time. Many days we weren’t sure how to handle situations, but we talked and walked through them, finding a route versus shutting down and getting frustrated. Instead of fighting against the events, we managed them with an open mind.

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Many lives have been disrupted in more ways than one. Losing jobs, losing loved ones, being in an unhealthy environment, being lonely, and/or getting the virus can be devastating. My heart goes out to you. In this time of need, let faith help. Acknowledge that it happened and then focus on moving forward. It may be that you have to go up shit creek without a paddle. Look at it like an obstacle course. Use your head to think things through, paddle with your hands, wear your gear, and give it all you got. Let’s hope the rough patches pass quickly, your heart heals, your spirits lift, and you proudly survive the situation.

Beth M James – Author of novels based on strong characters, elements of romance, and lessons learned. http://www.bethmjames.com

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