David Brooks: The Road to Character An older woman I worked with some years ago responded to my comment of "I can't wait until Friday" with "Eileen, Don't wish your life away!" Properly chastised, I have since recalled the wisdom of her words, especially now that 10+ years are passed. Instead of dreaming about happier… Continue reading When most people think about the future, they dream up ways they might live happier lives.
here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.” ― St. Therese of Lisieux A while ago, I read Story of a Soul, the Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux. She lived a short but beautiful life and teaches the world how to… Continue reading “Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice,
A teacher enlarges people in all sorts of ways besides just his subject matter.” Wallace Stenger: Crossing to Safety I came across this book when reading about Mary Anne Schwalbe in The End of Your Life Book Club, written by her son, Will. Mary Anne was nothing short of incredible: among other worthy endeavors, she… Continue reading “Look, there are so many empty minds in the world that teaching them anything is worthy activity.
But they also give us something we all can talk about when we don’t want to talk about ourselves.” Will Schwalbe: The End of Your Life Book Club I picked up this book when I was thinking of joining a book club in my neighborhood. I love books so much and was concerned that the… Continue reading “That’s one of the things books do. They help us talk.
Viktor Frankl: Man's Search for Meaning Reminds me of the Serenity Prayer: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference. Reinhold Niebuhr Viktor Frankle spend 3 years in three concentration camps: Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, and Dachau. He survived because… Continue reading You cannot control what happens to you in life, but you can always control what you will feel and do about what happens to you.