Okay, here’s another excerpt from 50 Things that Really Matter that I don’t really have any expertise in … A Good Book. So, we’ll just chalk this one up as a reblog
To refresh your memory, the book was a gift from JoAnn. It celebrates 50 of the simple things that really do matter in life with first person stories to encourage you, enlighten you and enrich your soul.It was published by Rodale Press for Hallmark and was actually for both of us, but Karen was the reader in the family. She would have sunk her teeth into this chapter.
So, here goes.
We swim in words all day long — stock quotes, headlines that scream, to-do lists, insurance forms, the occasional fashion magazine or dome-store romance. Yet for all their power to occupy of distract us, these types of writing will never compare to a good book.
A really good book doesn’t just entertain; it leaves you fundamentally different. It’s both a mirror and a magnifying glass — a woven compilation of seemingly small details that has the power to show you your truest self. When you read a good book, you see that everyone’s problems are the same, but they are just a jumping-off point — that there are as many ways to live as there are grains of salt in the sea.
How do you know when you’ve found a good book? Time melts as you read it. Unsuspecting, you crack the spine and find yourself whisked to a place that sings to every cell in your body. Soon you’re befriending characters that become soul mates, following a story that seems truer than reality.
Indeed, in the middle of a good book, you become so wrapped up in the story that you forget about the language, the way an exquisite painting renders color transparent. No one word, or hue, stands out as the most beautiful — they are all elemental, irreplaceable, in one complete, perfectly balanced whole.
Then, as you near the end of the book, you start metering out the pages in small doses because you don’t want to leave the special world you’ve entered.
Most of all, a good book inspires you. As the words flow in and out of you, they change your attitude and open you up to new experiences. Read long enough, and a good book can make you want to be a better person, live a better life, talk to strangers, jet off to Paris, pick up a pen to write your own stories.
Next time a good book finds you, take a moment to give thanks for how one object, no bigger than the span of two palms, can contain so much of the world, teach you so much of what it means to be human, and make you feel so alive.
By Marissa VanAalst, 50 things that really matter, Rodale Press for Hallmark
I can’t relate to that exuberance, but I do know plenty of people who can. They can get lost in the pages of a good book for hours, completely oblivious to what is going around them. Karen was like that. It was her escape.
Me? I’d rather wait for the screenplay.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: When it is dark enough, you can see stars.