29 = Grace Under Pressure
January 9, 2013 4 Comments
The launch of T. J. Brown’s Summerset Abbey at Powells on Sunday was enough reason for my friend Elizabeth Boyle to come to Portland with her fellow historical romance novelist Laura Lee Guhrke. They joined T. J. (Teri Brown) and Delilah Marvelle for a panel discussion of historical trivia. They all became passionate when discussing the realities of the women’s lives in historical times, when even the gowns could be treacherous.
A woman who didn’t marry well had no life or rights at all. Yet these authors love showing how women were resilient and innovative and learned how to improve their lives for themselves and their daughters. This is why I enjoy historical romance novels because a good heroine improves her own life and the happy marriage boosts her stature and power in the social trials of the times.
My attendance at this event included some U-turns and since I was headed in the wrong direction more than twice, I know this is also a metaphor for other things in my life. I enjoy these games and it makes random and surprising events more fun for me. What could be more fun than hanging with some favorite author friends chatting books? Afterwards some of us went to the McMenamins for good food and more intimate conversations, including coming up with book titles.
When Laura mentioned she’s getting married on the 29th of June, I had a “not the 29th” reaction as the energy of this number is: Grace Under Pressure. The karmic example of 29 is the Old Testament story of Job who was subjected to all kinds of trials until the ultimate Black Moment when he transformed from a victim to a hero. It’s the classic hero’s journey mythology and some version of this story arc shows up in every good movie and book. However, I’ve never felt 29 was a good karmic energy for a wedding anniversary even though Ed and I will celebrate 33 years of marriage on August 29th.
The odd thing is my friends Paula and Elizabeth also celebrate their wedding anniversaries on the 29th. So what does it mean when four women randomly sitting next to each other, at an impromptu dinner, all share that 29 karma in our marriage? We may never know but I’m willing to bet that if we made lists we’d see more patterns than loving romance novels. We didn’t make lists. We just sort of sat there looking at each other repeating “the 29th” a few times – then we began a new conversation topic.
But it is the heroine that operates with grace while under pressure that appeals to me, in any time slot in history and the present. It’s also an honor to call these authors – my friends – because I know enough about them to state they are heroines who embody the concept of Grace Under Pressure in their own lives. You can read about Teri’s journey writing Somerset Abbey while in cancer treatments – on Jane Porter’s Blog. And yes, Jane is also a resilient and innovative heroine.
Maybe the 29′s was a metaphor of my U-turns of the day. Maintaining and gaining Grace while Under Pressure is always a good reminder. But there’s also the happily-ever-after part of the story of Job. Everything he lost he regained, and more, and Job had a greater appreciation of his abundance.
And maybe “the 29th” is a good karmic energy for a marriage.