Blog 2241 – 12.08.2021
Moments of Magic
Eighteen years ago in 2003 best selling author Mitch Albom released his second book, “the five people you meet in heaven.” I had read at the urging of my then twenty something years young daughter Emily his first book “Tuesdays with Morrie” so I needed no encouragement to read his second work. I belonged to a book club at the time where I could get any book even new hardbacks for ten dollars so I pre-order “the five people…” and received my copy shortly after it was available and read it right away. I loved it as I did the movie version that came out a few years later.
Having read the last Jack Reacher book that my wife had sent me last Saturday I was looking through the books at a resale shop in Norfolk, Nebraska hoping to find something that caught my attention to read. I found a copy of Mitch Albom’s second #1 New York Times Best Seller. It looked like new and had a one dollar price tag on it. I, like most of you, do so love a good bargain.
Usually I read books slowly and at random times mostly when I am waiting, sometimes I may not even pick up the book for days. I figured this book might last me the couple of weeks I have left in Nebraska. But, I was wrong about that as I so often am about so many things. I finished it with my lunch today. And what a sweet tasting treat it was.
The five people waiting to meet Eddie in heaven are there to help him understand the things that he had gotten so wrong about his life, mostly his misunderstanding that he had never done anything really important with his time. Eddie’s life like all our lives was filled with moments of opportunity to make a difference not only in his own life, but in the lives of others.
Someone who read my yesterday blog entitled, “The Fifth Element” took a moment not only to click like but to comment, “This post was an absolute delight.” Thank you, Dear Reader, the pleasure was all mine. Having read great writers like Mitch Albom, Pat Conroy, and Dean Koontz, to mention but a few of the many that immediately come to mind, I aspire each day to be a better writer myself. I may never write a #1 New York Times Best Seller, but hey if I can write something that some reader finds an absolute delight that is incentive enough to keep practicing my craft.
Someday when I meet my five people in heaven I hope that at least one of them was delighted by something that I took a moment to share, a word they found especially encouraging in their own life.
Your friend and fellow traveler,
How Does A Moment Last Forever