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The Map of Our Lives
By Michelle A. R. Hydeck
Dec 10, 2013 - 12:15:35 AM

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Do we all have a purpose we have come here to fulfill that is our mission, our reason for being here, something that gives us great joy when we do it but when looked at in totality is really more about serving others rather than ourselves? Yes I believe we all do. I believe who we are, what we do, the things that give us true joy, the people we travel with and the lives we affect are no accident.

I believe God has a universal assignment for our lives that has been mapped out for each of us since before we were born, be it a mother, father, sister, brother, employee or friend. For me, I may have been more fortunate at first, as the course for my journey was whispered in my ear. I somehow knew from second grade forward that writing was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. But as a senior in high school, when my guidance counselor asked me how I was ever going to make money doing that, I took a left turn and headed down the business road instead. For years, I maneuvered through the thick fog of my twenties, thirties and forties, accumulating one more raise, one more promotion. But with the birth of my daughter, the scenic road to money and glory became too long and I headed back to the main road, my true destination, writing and serving others. But even with writing, programmed in my GPS as my new destination, I still allowed the traffic jams of practical life to take over. It was a slip and fall "accident" on the ice that left me on crutches for four months, a feather touch, that nudged me over and forced me to stop, write and self publish Wings Up - All With A Little Help From Our Angels.

As I look back on the roadmap of my life that led me to writing children's books, the path looks very long and windy, but I see now with clarity the destination although unseen was always there. Every road that I traveled led to this book: a book for children to know there is a higher power in those moments of fear and pain and a book of empowerment for parents to start the spiritual engine early for their children.

So in the end what I ultimately believe for us all is we all just need to set our cruise controls to home with faith and conviction as our passengers and then just sit back and appreciate the roads we take, as our surroundings become more familiar, and enjoy the ride. It is a sweet one, especially when shared with others.

Michelle A. R. Hydeck

Michelle A. R. Hydeck graduated cum laude from Southern Connecticut State University. Following 27 years in the office management field, she acted on her lifelong passion for writing by publishing "Wings Up," her first children's book in a series of faith-based stories. Michelle resides in Milford, Conn., with her daughter, Emma.

"Wings Up: All With A Little Help From Our Angels"
By Michelle A. R. Hydeck
ISBN: 978-1-4525-5595-9
Softcover retail price: $12.95
E-book retail price: $2.99
Available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

This book was featured in What's in the Book Basket Nov 30 at Magic City Morning Star.

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