Life Didn’t Happen to You

by | Jun 13, 2022

jane eyre book

Some of you may have read this book. Jane Eyre is a treasured classic and loved by many.

For two weeks, I have slaved over a graphic design assignment for a BYU-Idaho class. Like at least 60 hours. Mainly because the technology involved was a steep learning curve. The task was to create three new book covers: 1) using just type, 2) all handmade, and 3) a combination. And then attractively display them.

So FAR out of my comfort zone.

But I was pleased when the project was finished.

As I researched other book covers for the novel, I realized most artists make covers based on the darkness or notable events in Jane Eyre’s life. Many book covers focus on the tragedies that happened to Jane, but I am certain it’s the other way around.

Those tragedies didn’t “happen” to Jane; instead, Jane happened to them.

This story is about the human soul’s triumph despite hopeless, complicated, and desperate circumstances. Jane persevered and was true to herself to a rejoiceful end. Her book cover deserves vibrant colors full of energy and hope to reflect her eventual victory. She never, ever played victim or allowed that into her thoughts.

For many of us, it’s our story too. Did tragic events happen to us – or did we happen to them? Did we leave our mark?

This is a choice we make – don’t let life happen to you or let others diminish you in your own head. You’re much more than that.

Your soul is deeper, wider, and bigger than the whole grand sum of all the experiences from this chapter on mortality.

You happen to life.

Remind yourself whenever needed.

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  1. Lynette Hering

    The cover is inviting and beautiful……so are your heartfelt thoughts. I appreciate them today.

    • Shawnie Cannon

      Wow, thank you so much for saying that. Your comment meant a lot.

  2. Rob Fahnestock

    Beautiful work đone not only on your assignment but your assessment as well!

    • Shawnie Cannon

      Hey, thanks! I’m guessing you know something about the book? I appreciate you sharing these thoughts.

  3. Mary

    Those book covers are beautiful! Makes me want to go read them. Great job

    • Shawnie Cannon

      Oh my goodness, thank you!


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