Encouragement for the Journey 10 July 2012

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Encouragement for the Journey 10 July 2012

Encouragement for the Journey

Greetings fellow traveller,

Book Sales are truly incredibly interesting places, and the Northcote Rotary Club’s Annual Book sale this week did not disappoint. I was fortunate to collect a few more treasures for my library.

While holding my new found treasures, I noticed among the many thousands of books for sale, books I had previously culled from my library which I sent to the sale earlier in the week. They where books I had read, or I knew I would never get around to reading, or I had no lost interest in what they contained between the covers, or I had moved in a different direction on my journey and would not find use for them again.

Books are more than just paper and ink; they are the final harvest of the creative process, waiting to feed the soul of one who dares to open its covers.

My special books are like friends whose friendship I treasure and enjoy being with. It is like I am sitting down having a glass of wine or coffee and delighting in a conversation with a friend who I have not seen for some time. We carry on from when we last met and the relationship continues to deepen and grow.

One of the fascinating things about books is that they can be read at the pace of the reader. Sometimes, we think we have to finish a book within a set timeframe. Nothing could be further from the truth. Some books are required to be read leisurely, savouring the very nuances of the words as they feed and satisfy our soul.

Of course when we read a book there beckons an opportunity to not solely be entertained and informed, but transformed, to become more loving, compassionate and mindful of how we live and journey in this wonderful world. I leave you with this quote from Peter of Celle in Essential Monastic Wisdom, by Hugh Feiss:

Reading is the food, light, lamp, refuge, solace of the soul, the spice of all natural flavours. It feeds the hungry, gives light to the one sitting in darkness, offers bread to the one fleeing shipwreck or war, comforts the contrite heart.’

Meanwhile Peace and Joy in Reading

Alf