I decided to take a look at the "new books" shelf.
One book stood out. "Miles to Go" by Richard Paul Evans. I read the description and it sounded a little like my life. It is the 2nd book in a series, so I looked on the shelves for the 1st book, "The Walk". I took the books home.
I have already finished reading both books. I haven't been reading too many books lately, and have never written a book review. These books are about loss and grieving and going out on a journey to start a new life. The books are novels, but read more like a parable.
Of course, there will be more books in the series, the next one is not due out until April 2012.
As I was reading, I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue - I felt like I was being used by mass media advertising, and the author/publisher was playing with my mind, by dragging out the story into a series of books. On the other hand, I enjoyed reading the story and could relate to a lot of what was written.
Then I was thinking, I just spent 2 days reading. I have so many other things that need to get done if I am going to head south in a few months. Am I just procrastinating, or do I need this time to relax.
TOO MUCH THINKINGI did get some work done around the house and in the yard. I did take my father shopping and finished some banking and other paperwork, so I guess it was not all reading. I just have a hard time relaxing and taking time for myself. After the preparation for the garage sale and then the garage sale - you would think I could relax and enjoy this time to just read.
Some thoughts and phrases from the books:
We plan our lives in long, unbroken stretches
that intersect our dreams,
the way highways connect the city dots on a road map.
But in the end we learn that life is lived
in the side roads, alleys and detours.
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The best way to heal your own suffering
is by helping to heal someone else's.
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We tell ourselves
that there's always tomorrow,
when we can no more predict tomorrow
than we can the weather.