Monday, March 15, 2010

When Opportunity Knocked

JoAnn Arnold

When opportunity knocked, I opened the door wide, invited it in and was asked to be one of the keynote speakers in a Women's Conference, in Price, Utah, in April. When the invitation was given, the committee suggested I bring my books and art to display and to sell. YES!!! I share this opportunity with you so you will know that I'm actively engaged in a worthy cause.

Now on to the business at hand. I want to share just a tiny excerpt from my book "Prince Etcheon and the Secret of the Ancient," with you.

Etcheon learns courage, emotion, mental and physical prowess from the the wisdom of the panther, the horse, the Great Danes, the eagle, the owl and the two-headed lamb. Caspar-Arius, the two-headed lamp teaches wisdom through debate. An example:

"If in our life we are confined to the world of misery until we die," Caspar said, "perhaps it would be better not to have been born."

"Is there no joy on this earth, then?" Arius asked.

"Is there not more misery than joy?" Caspar returned the question.

"Yet without misery, would we know joy?" Arius returned.

Caspar pondered only for a short time before she inquired, "Is it better then, to have been born - to have experience both misery and joy in life, learning from each -than not to have been born at all, if one dies in misery?"

Arius wrapped her neck around Caspar's as if she knew she had won the debate. "If one dies in misery, having learned from both misery and joy, is it not his choice?"

"Baaa baa," Caspar conceded. "You have left me with no reply, for which I am thankful."

For days, Etcheon listens to the two debate until finally his mind begins to comprehend the lesson and the gift is felt within him.

"But this gift has not yet seen battle" Caspar replies when the lessons are complete.

"But in using the gift, he may not have to resort to the battle."

"Is it not the battle that will require his gift?" Caspar stared into the eyes of Arius, both having remarkable fun.

"Then we will know if you were successful in your instruction," cried the eagle from above them.

Oh, Isn't the life as an author fun?

Thank you for stopping by. Have a good day


C.L. Beck, author of Mormon Mishaps said...

Congrats on being invited to speak. That's great!