Sometimes I need to read to escape.
Not for information. Not for facts. But to step into a world other than my own.
Sometimes I read for hope.
For that soothing feeling you get when you drink a really good mug-full of hot chocolate on a cold day.
That’s how I felt when I read Elizabeth Berg’s Still Happy.
The book is a collection of Ms. Berg’s Facebook posts, and since I am not on Facebook, this book was the only way for me to read her delightful observations. (By the way, if you’re curious you can click here to read my article “Why I’m Not on Facebook” on Role Reboot.)
This week I’d like to share some delightful passages with you.
“I want to be a responsible citizen. I don’t want to bury my head in the sand. I want to work hard to try to make a better world not just for our beautiful children and grandchildren but for our beautiful old people and our beautiful selves. We live in such hard times. We need to take care of ourselves so that we can take care of others. Therefore the onus is as much on us to seek out and bask in little pleasures (or big ones), to relish or become demonstrations of love and content, to celebrate nature’s beauty and humanity’s worth – as it is to read the newspaper and write our congress people and vote in November.”
“I write because I need to. I write to get things from the inside, out. But I publish to try to connect.”
“I believe there are times in our lives that are little emergencies, when we see that the balance has shifted too far in one direction or the other, and parts of ourselves need more care and feeding than we’ve been willing to give.”
“I feel that we are living in times that assault us every day. I feel that the national mood is dark and despairing. But I also still believe that most people are basically good. We get lost sometimes, we get confused, we get combative, but at heart we are basically good.”
“I have to hope that the biggest part of human nature is ever on the side of life and love, and that any day now, we will see the evidence of that. It will never be perfect, I know, but surely we can do better than this.”
Note to my readers – Elizabeth Berg published this book in 2017, but many of her passages sound as if they are written for our current trying times.