A Quiet Friend and Patient Teacher
The idea for this Moment came to mind when reading the March 22nd paragraph from The Friendship Book, where the author asks the reader to name one object that is a constant companion, a source of advice and a teacher that could be carried wherever we go... the answer: 'a book'!
Dr. Charles W. Eliot, a distinguished president of Harvard College, wrote: "Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers."
Books have been my constant companions from an early age, starting with children's stories by English author, Enid Blyton, progressing through a variety of topics, depending on the interest or line of study at the time. My 'mindless' comfort is re-reading favourites by Nora Roberts, which led to visiting a location in rural Ireland overlooking the Atlantic Ocean that was the setting for an Irish trilogy. Recently I read an excerpt in a 2004 Science of Mind Magazine about John Wooden, a sports coach who lived from 1910-2010, and was moved to obtain his last book from my local library, The Wisdom of Wooden: My Century On and Off the Court. John Wooden followed seven suggestions that were given to him as a young man on a 3 x 5 card by his father; including, Make Each Day Your Masterpiece, Be True to Yourself, Drink Deeply from Good Books, and others. It is an inspirational book about a special man who had a deep commitment to his family, faith and friends, and lived by bedrock values.
Perhaps you have found, as I have, that the most enlightening conversations arise when we discuss a book with another. As part of my personal mentoring practice I am offering a series of book discussions in person or via Skype, commencing with my booklet, Stepping Stones© - a five-step journey of support through life's transitions, leading to grace, happiness and inner peace. If you would like to participate, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 604-535-9016, for further details.
Until next time... happy reading!
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
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Surrey, BC, V4A 6E1, Canada