Almost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamott is “an exploration of hope and the place it holds in our lives.” That phrase alone was enough to make me want to read this book. And then in an act of serendipity, because I had never mentioned this book to her, a very good friend of mine gave me this book for Christmas.
I just finished reading it a few days ago and would love to share with my readers some of my favorite passages.
“…life lasts so briefly, like free theater in the park – glorious and tedious; full of wonder and often hard to understand, but right before our very eyes, and capable of rousing us, awakening us to life, to the green and very real grass, the mess, the sky, the limbo.”
“Almost everyone is screwed up, broken, clingy, scared, and yet designed for joy.”
“Adults rarely have the imagination or energy of children, but we do have one another, and nature, and old black-and-white movies, and the ultimate secret weapon, books. Books! To fling myself into a book, to be carried away to another world while being at my most grounded, on my butt or in my bed or favorite chair, is literally how I have survived being here at all.”
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” (That one line makes up the entirety of chapter four).
“Hate is such an ugly word. How about loathe for the verb, abhorrence for the noun?” (I agree. When I was a teacher, “hate” was not allowed to be spoken in my classroom).
“So, writing. What a bitch.” (And this begins my favorite chapter of the book).
“In my current less-young age, I’ve learned that almost more than anything, stories hold us together. Stories teach us what is important about life, why we are here and how it is best to behave, and that inside us we have access to treasure, in memories and observations, in imagination.”