Remember the carefree splendor and innocence of childhood? Your life was unencumbered, fed by an imagination that offered an endless meal of possibilities. Like a butterfly, you were free to soar.
You were free to dream.
Then, you were initiated into the world of adulthood with responsibility and doubt. Fate seemed to possess a wicked sense of humor presenting obstacles on the road towards your bliss.
You are chasing butterflies. Yet, butterflies always leave you behind for their own bliss in the sky.
Somewhere along the way, you learned a lesson: You can’t fight fate.
But why does Fate have to be an adversary for you to fight? Why can’t you appreciate the moments of each day but still pick up the pieces of the puzzle that Fate places before you to learn about yourself and life’s journey?
Last year, Fate smiled upon me. I discovered the beautifully inspiring writing of author Lisa N. Edwards. Her books Can’t Fight Fate and Chasing Butterflies fed my imagination, fueled my optimism yet spoke to my insecurities and doubts about my own life journey. They helped me recognize the pieces of my unique life puzzle. Yes, I will stumble. Yes, I will fall. But the most important discovery of all: I won’t be afraid to get back up.
Edwards crafted an unforgettable protagonist in Nikki Kirkpatrick. Nikki is a Hollywood entertainment lawyer. She is at the top of her game professionally. However, she remains haunted by the words of several psychics who predict that her green-eyed soul mate is out there somewhere.
What is most endearing about Nikki is that she is a reflection of us. She is accessible because she wants to find her happily ever after, but remains cautiously optimistic. She is vulnerable, sensitive and loyal. Nikki makes missteps. However, she doesn’t wave the white flag of surrender.
Can’t Fight Fate and its powerful sequel, Chasing Butterflies, are riveting, thoughtful books. The lessons they teach us are to savor the moments of the day even as we keep our eyes trained on the future.
In 2016, the third book in Lisa N. Edwards impressive trilogy, Seed of A Sunflower, is slated to be released.