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Friday, July 17, 2015

Miles to Go

Miles to Go (The Walk, #2)Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Richard Paul Evans continues his wonderful Walk series in book 2.  This book is so enjoyable. Once you start reading it you do not want to put it down. The stories seem so real to life. The characters make you want to love them. I have included several quotes and I understand the quotes from this book will not do them justice until you read them in the book and see them in context. But, the quotes are to good to be left out of my blog. So here they are:

We plan our lives in long, unbroken stretches that intersect our dreams the way highways connect the city dots on a road map. But in the end we learn that life is lived in the side roads, alleys, and detours.

We do not take a trip; a trip takes us.  ~Steinbeck

Life is what happens to us while we’re planning something else.

Affectus, qui passio est, desinit esse passio simulatque eius claram et distinctam formamus ideam. Translated means “Emotion, which is suffering, stops … no … ceases to be suffering when a clear and distinct idea is formed.

Psychologists tested the story of the Good Samaritan. What they learned gives us reason to pause. The greatest determinant of who stopped to help the stranger in need was not compassion, morality, or religious creed. It was those who had the time. Makes me wonder if I have time to do good.

There are people who come into our lives as welcome a a cool breeze in summer – and last about as long.

People aren’t wired to be alone. Even in the stressful population of prison, solitary confinement is still considered a cruel punishment.

We humans are born egocentric. The sky thunders and children believe that God is mad at them for something they’ve done – parents divorce and children believe it’s their fault for not being good enough. Growing up means putting aside our egocentricity for truth. Still, some people cling to this childish mind-set. As painful as their self-flagellation may be, they’d rather believe their crises are their fault so they can believe they have control. In doing so they make fools and false gods of themselves.

The first step of a journey is always the longest.

There can be no joy without gratitude.

Developing a friendship is like feeding squirrels at the park. At first it’s all grab and go. But with gentle motion, time and consistency, soon they’re eating from your hand.

There are two kinds of people. Those who climb mountains and those who sit in the shadow of the mountains and critique the climbers.

When a man loses his vision of the future he dies.

Old friends are memories personified.

Forgiveness is the key to the heart’s shackles.

I don’t think it is as much a human foible as it is a human curse that we cannot understand the beauty of a thing until it is gone.

There are two kinds of suffering in this life. That which pursues us and that which we doggedly pursue.

It’s almost as difficult to believe that someone with so many trials could harbor such hope, as that there are those with so much advantage who harbor such hopelessness.

There’s no problem so big that whining won’t make it worse.

Everyone has problems. It’s how you choose to deal with them. Some people choose to be whiners some choose to be winners. Some choose to be victims some choose to be victors.

There are times when the great Cosmic Architect gives us brief glimpses of the blueprint so we can do our part.

Some men see mountains as obstacles. Others as a canvas.

We are all in motion. Always. Those who are not climbing toward something are descending toward nothing.

Without great mountains we cannot reach great heights.

If you will read this book you will be encouraged in your daily life!

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