It’s Saturday, and that means I’m joining up with Ruth Ayres to share, connect and celebrate. Let’s find those moments of joy and share them with each other – the world could always use more positivity, especially when things seem their darkest.
It’s been a hard week. A close family member has been given a serious medical diagnosis, and we’re all still in shock. One minute your life is just ticking along like normal, and the next the rug has been pulled right out from under you, leaving you staggering around in a daze.
In life’s harder moments it can feel just feel too difficult to find anything worth celebrating. In reality, though, it’s precisely at these moment when you need to focus on life’s joys more than ever.
As a life-long reader, one of my greatest comforts during life’s hard times has been reading. Books have always been my escape, allowing me to slip into their pages and step into new worlds far away from all of life stresses. Characters have become my friends and allies, taking me with them on exciting journeys and epic adventures.
And now, I turn once again to books. Old favourites welcome me back with open arms, while new favourites introduce me to their exciting worlds and delightful characters. Reading can’t change life’s realities, and it certainly doesn’t do to escape too completely into imaginary worlds. But when things just seem a bit too much to take, and you just need to get away, even just for a moment, books will always be there, waiting to take you as far as your imagination desires.
Here’s to the stories that help us find encouragement, inspiration, and hope.