(First written 5/10/07)
An important part of my day seems to be reading something or other. I’m grateful to have time to do this, one of the many blessings in my life. I usually have (i.e. I try to limit myself to) three books going at one time. One for what Bill calls “mind suicide” or needed diversion, a meaty one about the state of the world or humanity, and one other for the flavor of its writing. At the moment I have at hand:
- Strunk & White’s Elements of Style;
- Stephen Ambrose’s Undaunted Courage – Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West; and
- The Good, Good Pig by Sy Montgomery.
The last mentioned, a heartfelt memoir of a pig’s life wirtten by his guardian, describes the author addressing a batch of students. She tells them:
“Go out into the world where your heart calls you. The blessings will come, I promise you that. I wish for you the insight to recognize the blessings as such, and sometimes it’s hard. But you’ll know it’s a blessing if you are enriched and transformed by the experience. So be ready. There are great souls and teachers everywhere. It’s your job to recognize them.”
My lifestyle is full of blessings, too many to record here. Perhaps the greatest is the time and inclination to notice them. Each passing decade seems more blessed than the last – whilst doing its job of transforming the next.