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Book Sample – Enlightened by Accident

Enlightened by Accident by Lane Robinson

What we started with:

When I met with the astrologer who told me my fate – and learned that in the year 2010 I would absolutely be working full time as a psychic and spiritual teacher, and that the Universe would make sure of it – and not give me any choice, I was basically suffering from shock.

What was published:

After I met with the astrologer who told me that I was fated to work as a psychic and spiritual teacher, I was in complete shock. By the year 2010 I would absolutely be working full time as a psychic and spiritual teacher? The Universe would make sure of it – and not give me any choice? Are you ever ready to hear something like that and really take it seriously?

Enlightened by Accident, page 51

 

What we started with-This story wasn’t in the first draft. It was added based on my feedback about flow and the point of the chapter:

The privilege of being able to travel freely had been taken from Americans by Americans after September 11th. The easy going, fun filled trips I had taken for granted were now gone. The attempts to make flying more secure were ridiculous. A few weeks after I returned from Boston, I was at the Denver airport heading out for another trip. It seemed as though the security procedures changed every time I flew, and on that particular day, airport security personnel were automatically searching every fourth or fifth person, even if they hadn’t set off the metal detector.

It wasn’t the intent to keep people safe that was the issue for me, it was the lack of thought that went into the security processes that was frustrating. I felt as though every traveling person was now a suspected terrorist until proven innocent by an involuntary search. The theme of the post-9/11 vibe was disruption of our own personal freedom under the guise of protecting and making us safe to travel. Now, we had to remove our shoes at security, and bag all of our liquids. Men were required to remove their belts.

 

What was published:

The privilege of being able to travel freely had been taken from Americans by Americans after September 11th in the name of safety. The easy going, fun filled trips I had taken for granted were now gone. But the attempts to make flying more secure were ridiculous. A few weeks after I returned from Boston, I was at the Denver airport heading out for another trip. It seemed as though the security procedures changed every time I flew.

I appreciated the intent to try to keep people safe, but the lack of rational thought that went into some of the security processes was frustrating and at times seriously disturbed me. I felt as though every traveling person was now a suspected terrorist until proven innocent by an involuntary search.

Enlightened by Accident p 28