Two days ago I found myself in Hallmark, browsing the aisles for cards. Almost accidentally, I came across a little book, Little Glimpses of Good. With it's beautifully decorated cover and it's enticing font, it called to me from the little shelf it was sitting on. I picked it up, read the subtitle. Finding hope in every today, I read to myself. Hope is definitely something I'm interested in, so I gently opened the cover and looked inside. The pages were filled with beautiful pictures and even more beautiful words. They jumped off the page at me, sticking to me. Now, I'm not one for purchasing books anywhere but on-line, but I just had to get this one. There was something about it that was so beautiful, that made me so happy. As I paid for the book, I felt almost guilty. $13? For this little book that would take me less than 10 minutes to read? I thought to myself as I handed the Hallmark lady my American Express. Then I reminded myself, You would easily spend this much on a new article of clothing or a meal out with a friend. Why shouldn't you buy this little thing, this book that already, before you've even read it, makes you so happy? With that, I pushed the nagging thoughts out of my mind and slipped the book into my overused bag.
While I don't want to spoil it for you by putting the whole book in this post (though I am tempted since it's not very long and it's so beautiful...but on the inside cover it reads "No portion of this book may be reproduced or stored in a retrieval system or dank, dark, squalid holding cell, or transmitted in any form or by any means--except for brief quotations in reviews--without prior permission from the publisher. So be good; don't be bad. And stealing is bad. That's all we're staying."...and I'm not messin' with Hallmark), I can't help but share a few great quotes with you:
then, sure enough, it rains
(into every life, etc.)
but sometimes you look up at those clouds
and see the shimmer and the gleam
it's rainshine and you just know
it came straight from the silver lining
remember letting go of the handlebars?
some days are that kind of ride
so always let your sense
of whether you're about to fall off
or crash into something
be your guide
give up despair, abandon bitterness
give cynicism and self-doubt their marching orders
and show them the door
give up everything
you don't need anymore
some people say the world is getting worse
but if you look in the right places
it's like finding another world
even a walk around the block might surprise you
can you even believe there's such a thing
as a firefly? or snow under a streetlight?
a little aloneness at the end of the day
can be a nice breather
hail to thee, o moment of doing nothing
but simply being
a very good moment for self-seeing
Aren't those beautiful? And, really, they pale in comparison to how they look with the illustrations. I just tried looking for the book on Hallmark's and Amazon's websites, but had no luck. If you enjoyed these quotes, I would strongly recommend taking a little trip to your local Hallmark and picking up a copy (hey, it's Saturday -- what else do you have to do?). I give a lot of credit to the author,Jim Howard, and the illustrator, Daniel Miyares. They (and probably the editors at Hallmark too) did a brilliant job of putting together this little book. It really made my day and reading it really reminded me of why I am choosing to spend time focusing on the positive aspects of my life.
I feel like the world is filled with little negativity traps. Things and people and situations that lure me toward negative thinking. I do my best to avoid these traps, but sometimes they pop up out of nowhere and I have to work hard to avoid them, swerving wildly or stopping dead in my tracks and turning around. Sometimes I can get tangled in them and my own negative thoughts. But at those times I will reach to my bookshelf and pull off Little Glimpses of Good. Peering inside, I know I will find just what they've placed there for me: hope.