Politicians and actors regularly transform their lives. Embarrassing situations are not career enders for them but rather opportunities to regroup, write a book, and come back even stronger.
Starting over seems simple enough … until the need to start over happens to us.
Why? Because radical change is difficult. We don’t like it when unforeseen circumstances alter our plans. So we’re tempted to take the route of least resistance and live safe, stagnant lives.
But despite all of our precautions, sooner or later something will rock our world. Whether it is the death of a loved one, the divorce of a spouse or the divorce of our parents, the loss of our job, a move, a betrayal, strained family relations, or a major illness … forced course redirections can cause a great deal of pain and suffering.
How we handle these stressful situations is as unique and individual as the characters in our books.
I watched three of my best friends suffer the loss of their husbands. Two of them regrouped, rebuilt, and reinvented their lives. One shriveled up and died in a nursing home. Observing these three different women handle the same situation caused me to ask one of the questions that always sparks a good story: what would I do if tragedy struck me? Do I have the spiritual chops to pick myself up and start over? Could I trust God to lead me through a dark valley?
My debut novel, Reinventing Leona, is a study in the resilience of the human spirit. People do get back on their feet … I’m living proof of that.
I invite you to consider what you’re made of. If you had to reinvent yourself, would you curl up or get up?