Posted in Writer Musings

Here’s What I know; Here’s What I Believe

Here is what I know: People Suck

We as a human race are so self-centered and self-focused on what “I want” and what’s “In it for me?” and what “I am entitled to” and on and on and on.

GET OVER YOURSELF!!!

The “I, I, I” and “Me, Me, Me” mentality is so over the top!  And I grew up in the 80s – the most materialistic era of “Beautiful People”!

Here is what I believe: People are Amazing

Every individual is amazingly unique and provides something worth knowing – no matter how small.

EMBRACE YOUR UNIQUENESS!!!

I believe every person out there has a desire to spread happiness and/or joyful encouragement.  I mean, Everyone really wants World Peace! 🙂

I love to meet people where they are in their life journey and then continue with them onto the next level of self together.

Here is what I live: Rule #32 – Appreciate the Little Things in Life

I live each day with a purpose and one thought in mind when I wake up – make a difference for just one person.

DO YOU, BABY!!!

I wake up every morning believing I make a difference no matter what.  Each action, each word, each gesture I make has an impact.  Even if all I do in a day is to organize the haphazard shopping carts in the cart zone, I believe that random act made a difference for the employee responsible for collecting all the carts because I helped them for a moment in their life on the job.

Here is what I find: It Is Not Easy

I suffer from chronic pain daily and many times I wake up to a rebellious broken body that the thought of simply moving is the last thing I want to do.

I HAVE TO CHOOSE!!!

I choose to make a point of making a difference, especially on those pain filled days, I especially need to intentionally follow Rule #32 because I believe that when a simple act is done, it creates a ripple – as if a single rain drop lands on a still pond – that ripple spreads.  As it spreads, I know it will return back to me in such an amazing way that for a moment, I forget People Suck and I remember Each Person is Unique and they provide something worth knowing – no matter how small.

My Challenge to you, Dear Bloggites, is this: Take today and intentionally do a random act of kindness, no matter how small, because it is how we all can Appreciate the Little Things in Life #Rule32. 🙂

~4-Ever, P

Posted in Book Review

Book Review: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

“People don’t have useful things anymore.  People just have shit.” ~ Ove (in Fredrik Backman’s book A Man Called Ove)

Life is a roller coaster full of twists, turns, and loop-de-loops.  This is a much delayed book review on the Books & Broad’s Book Club choice for JULY!  As many of you have read, Dear Bloggites, my Paternal Half of the Parental Unit (Dad) is dying of Cancer.  A few weeks ago, he suffered a stroke that rendered him incapacitated on his right side of his body and a crooked smile like my beloved pup who I had to put down almost a year ago.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik BackmanAs you have all guessed, I did not get to finish this book, but I did learn quickly within the first few paragraphs that Ove is my Dad.  My Dad is Ove!  The July book club choice was A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.  This is Fredrik Backman’s first novel and it is a winner!  From the first utterance from Ove asking if the tablet in his hand was an “O-Pad”, I was hooked and laughing and crying and just giggling my head off.

The talent of the author, Fredrik Backman, with infusing the different characters with such quirky traits while keeping the storyline on target was amazing to me.  The author is a Swedish writer and so the novel was translated into English.  Many books that are translated tend to lose the impact or purpose the author is trying to convey throughout the novel.  This did not happen with this book.  The translation was on point and the reader understood the purpose of the storyline.

A Man Called Ove is story about an old, grumpy man with many quirks that are off-putting to all he comes in contact with throughout his life.  The entire story, Ove unsuccessfully tries to kill himself because there are certain things that must be made right before he goes to see his wife or else he will have hell to pay once he is dead.

Sounds like it is a sad story, huh, Dear Bloggites?  It is not.  From the moment Ove’s new neighbors move across the street, he is constantly being interrupted during his quest to kill himself.  Add a stray cat into the mix, and you have the makings of a great storyline.

All the characters were developed and complex.  Everyone had a backstory that you learned about throughout the book but did not break the streamline effect of the overall story.  The descriptions given in the story from Ove’s point of view, allowed the reader to truly feel as if they were standing right next to Ove witnessing the silliness or stupidity of the world around him.  Unexpected friendships, new purpose in life, and a life worth living in the end makes this an amazing book for any reader of any age.

I give A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman 5 out of 5 Bookmarks.  To steal a phrase from the books description, “Ove is all you need.”

~4-Ever, P