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My Definition of Crisis Changes!

My perspective concerning what constitutes a crisis can change in a moment.  Because of where we live, we are often without electricity for hours at a time.  Although this can seem like a hardship to bear, we really are comfortable. Arden has developed a backup-generator system that is automatic. It runs the furnace, many of our appliances and the lights.  My main complaint is that we don’t have internet including our internet based telephone service when we have a power outage.

While this situation can bring some stress with delayed work projects and clients who leave messages that have gone unanswered because we haven’t been able to hear the message yet. Truthfully this is not a crisis, it is just a small irritation.

This experience is similar to having the stomach flu and feeling some stress because I wasn’t feeling good.  Then I talked to someone who was through chemo.  They haven’t felt good for months.  Talking to them changed my perspective about an upset stomach.

It is the same as when I feel extra stress with my care-giving duties.  It can feel overwhelming and then I read about someone who has lost their loved one they were caring for.  That changed my perspective.

Our priorities will change when our perspective shifts. It is easy to feel that the situations we are faced with are too difficult to for us to handle. However, if we look outside ourselves, we will notice that often the burdens others are carrying are often greater than ours.

Even though I did feel a bit anxious when the day seemed to be passing by without connection to our clients and I was very excited when the power and internet came back on, this was not really a hardship. It was a bump in the road.  We decided to clean up and organize a corner of the office instead of worry.  That felt good.

Take a breath, ask yourself if what your facing really is an insurmountable obstacle, or is it just a bump. Gaining that perspective will reduce anxiety and increase your joy in life.

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Announcing that I have finished a book with the working title of “The Fairy Fort.” I am currently pitching it to publishers. Keep checking back to watch the progress of my newest novel.

Here is a quick glimpse of the story.

Sarah Doherty is an 18-year-old living in rural Ireland at the tail end of the Great War. Plagued by severe epilepsy, she is protected by her parents and lives a sheltered, secluded, lonely life. The Fae, local Irish fairies, interfere with her life. She falls forward a century in time through the local fairy fort of standing stones. She had a seizure in 1918 and woke up in 2020. The 21st century world includes life-saving prescriptions, physical comforts and the independence and freedom she seeks. The locals are welcoming and Andy Mclaughlin, a handsome young historian, is intriguing. She doesn’t want to return home.

Then a letter arrives from Boston divulging the story of Sarah and Andy’s lives that are deeply entwined in the previous century. They are not yet in love but as they seek to verify the letter through online resources, they feel a growing obligation to their unborn family and to each other. What would happen to their posterity living in Boston if they don’t return to 1918? Even if they do make it back, her parents can never know what happened to her or that would change everything.

This Young Adult time-travel romance explores the question: Do we have the freedom to make choices or is free will an elaborate illusion?

This is my third book. I love reading time travel romances. I am an advocate for epilepsy awareness because my 43-year-old son has intractable epilepsy. As a genealogist specializing in Irish research, I live part of the year in the village where the story is based. I wrote the book to help young adults understand that difficult situations can change your life. Sometimes miraculously.