Tiny Beautiful Things

1 Mar

I recently read the most wonderful book: Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed, the author of the best selling memoir, Wild. This lovely little book is a compilation of letters sent to the author while she worked writing an advice column for the Rumpus called Dear Sugar. My childhood friend Michele (one of my fellow creative soul sisters) recommended it to me as she understands my constant angst about trying to find happiness through creative expression.

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I needed this book right now. I haven’t felt like myself lately. Each morning when I turn on the television I want to either scream or cry at what’s happening in our country. I need to start my next novel and every time I sit down at the computer–I’ve got nothing. I stare blankly at the screen until I finally give up and log into Facebook where the political posts made me even more depressed. Just before falling asleep in bed each night, my brain manifests all kinds of wonderful and exciting writing ideas, then when I wake up the next morning, I can’t remember a single one.

The best thing about Tiny Beautiful Things is that we learn something that we already know: life is hard sometimes. We are all sad and raw and completely lost at some point in our lives. the trick is to understand that with each experience there’s a lesson to be learned. We don’t always pay attention, but it’s there.

I’m not sure what my lesson is lately. Certainly, I need to feel more gratitude for what I have. And I have so much. So I will pay attention to all the tiny beautiful things that are right in front of me.

 

 

 

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3 Responses to “Tiny Beautiful Things”

  1. Bonnie Forman Gerstenfeld March 1, 2017 at 3:56 pm #

    reminds me of my current favorite bumper sticker (non political that is):Wag more…bark less

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  2. michele abbott March 1, 2017 at 7:46 pm #

    So happy you connected with Tiny Beautiful Book as I did – she is really amazing…

  3. Linda Menesez March 12, 2017 at 11:51 am #

    So many of us share your sorrow and frustration with what’s going on in our country! At the same time, we do need to focus on the things that feed our hearts. Your creativity will be there for you when the time is right. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, feelings, and this book.

    Linda

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