I'm reading 3 books right now and I can't stop myself. The first one, a book that I started last week beside the pool at my in-laws, is called Love as a Way of Life. It is my honest opinion that everyone in the whole wide world should read this book. The second one, which almost made me fall off the elliptical tonight because I was sobbing, is called Road Map to Holland. I'm guessing that if you're reading this blog you might have already read the book. So I'm a little behind. The third one, The Year My Son and I Were Born, is my least favorite of the three so far. But it's growing on me. : )
I feel like I'm coming alive again. Like I'm coming out of the slump. You see, I've been in a bit of a funk lately. Someone hurt my feelings a while back and I have had a hard time shaking it. Unfortunately it was someone from the Down Syndrome community, as silly as that sounds. It doesn't feel great when anyone hurts your feelings but somehow this one really kicked my butt. I'm not unrealistic, I know we're not all going to be best friends just because we share the common bond of a kid with an extra chromosome but I think that we should at least be kind to one another. And respectful. But that didn't happen. I haven't spoken about this to anyone except my oldest sister. And I don't intend to. I wrote e-mails to two of my friends telling them what this person said to me. I deleted them before I hit the send button. It's not worth it. I'm not going to perpetuate the drama. And this is the last I'll talk about it. I'm finally over it. And I'm glad. I have to see her next weekend and I'm hoping that I will handle the situation with grace. That's the goal. I'm disappointed in myself for letting this situation affect me so much but I did. Now it's over. And it's time to move on. Thank God for new beginnings.
Now on to the books. I'm actually going to blog about Love as a Way of Life as I read it. I'll let you know in the blog title so that if you don't care to read my little book review you can skip over it. (Please don't, though.) Here is a list of the chapters:
Seven keys to transforming every aspect of your life:
Kindness- discovering the joy of helping others
Patience- accepting the imperfections of others
Forgiveness- finding freedom over the grip of anger
Courtesy- treating others as friends
Humility- stepping down so someone else can step up
Generosity- giving yourself to others
Honesty- revealing who you really are
I can't wait to read it- I skimmed over it while floating in my in-laws' pool but I intend to really read it. I have my highlighter ready. : )
In other news, I had the best day today. Lila and I were alone together all day and we had so much fun.
Hugs to you and yours~