Sometimes I just need to read something to encourage me as a woman, mother, grandmother, and wife. One of my favorite books to read and re-read is Time Alive by Alexandra Stoddard. As you know she inspired the name of this blog because my dear friend always puts a ribbon in her books when she autographs them. Peeking out of my copy of Time Alive is a bright pink ribbon that matches the delightful pink ink that she used to personalize my book.
Her inscription was “Now!” She really didn’t need to say anything else. This one word sums it up for me. I get so busy and think that I need a 36 hour day to complete my tasks. Her inscription made me realize that now is the time to live, love, and laugh. Today, not tomorrow.
We all need to be reminded of the beautiful things we can do to make each day special now, not later. I wanted to share one of my favorite passages with you, as it touched me deeply. Alexandra writes:
“The first few years after we planted rose bushes along our picket fence, I was unsure how to prune them after they bloomed. When I inquired of a gardener friend, I was told that each blossom needs to be cut back just above a five-leaf section for strength so that the plant will rebloom later in the summer. Our roses have grown and there are thousands of dead blossoms that need to be carefully cut off. Because they’re our beautiful rose bushes, it is a pleasure to prune them, but it is no quick task.”
We have to be patient with ourselves and others. Whether we’re tending our roses or raising a child, when we love life and care deeply, we will be investing our time wisely. In all important matters, there are not shortcuts. When we acknowledge that what we are doing with our time is of lasting value to us and others and we believe that we are doing the right thing, taking the time needed is worth it.
I think you will enjoy reading this book and pondering her lovely ideas and thoughts. You can go to to her website www.alexandrastoddard.com to order a copy.
What are your favorite inspirational reads?