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Amanda McIntyre | Life in a Blender

February 2, 2009

Not very often, thankfully, life tosses in a time of great challenge to you on many levels. I am sure that many of you are nodding your head in agreement. Such has been the case in my real life this past few weeks. My mind is only just today slowing down from the whir to be able to grasp something as “normal” as writing this blog. But in the greater picture of life, it is also these moments of great challenge that can provide a clearer perspective on your life. Maybe get you to slow down a bit, or reassess your time and goals, maybe organize things a bit better to make life less stressful. There is no way of finding the magic cure-all for such moments in life–they are going to happen and it is in how I handle these times, what blessings I find, or lesson I learn, that will make the difference.

CozetteInterestingly–and perhaps it touches a part of me that has before experienced these moments–it is why I like to write about heroes and heroines, who for the most part (depending on the era) may have ordinary lives that are similar to yours or mine. Granted , we may not be experiencing firsthand ,what they are experiencing in the story, but perhaps there is a scene or a thought that the character has that you might find a kinship to. I enjoy reading about characters who seem ordinary, until something prompts them (internally or externally ) to step out of the ordinary and deal with life in an extraordinary way. The everyday hero/heroine–who may not wear a cape, who may not be totally alpha male or female, but–who when faced with a challenge or obstacle–suddenly becomes the designer of their own fate.

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