So, I finally found the time to finish the book and I must say I really enjoyed it. I saw it in a different light from some of the reviews I read. I did not cry for days and I will not be forever wounded by the sadness of the story. However, I believe the book addresses some very powerful lessons if the reader can see through the pain of the story and dig a little bit deeper. I would like to share some of those lessons with you.
We can view life as tragic or beautiful or we can view all life as tragically beautiful.
We have a choice. We can become a problem or a disease or a situation and let it consume us until we become it, or we can recognize it is just one part of us.
Sometimes we become so caught up in our own situation that we don’t notice what is going on with anyone else. We are not bigger or more important than the people around us. It is important to extend concern and attention to them as well, regardless of what we may be going through at the time.
Sometimes we become so wrapped up in another person, that we do not notice what is going on with ourself. We neglect what we need to do to live our best life and our healthiest life because we like to care for others and we like to please. These are great qualities but they have to apply to everyone, including yourself.
It is not the number of years that determines whether you live a full life, but how you spill life into the years.
It is better to have one person that really knows you inside and out than a room full of friends that have never scratched below your surface.
There are some situations we cannot escape. We have no power over the situation itself, but we do have the power to decide how we respond to it.
Some people have good reason to turn out vindictive and cold, but there is no reason that could ever justify it. A mean, vindictive person is still mean and vindictive regardless of the reasons why.
The span of our life is out of our control. It’s unknown. Live now and fully every day. There are some things that just can’t wait. Time can be our enemy or our best friend. Which side will yours be on?
I believe the only fault in our stars is the fault in our eyes and whether we take the time and focus to notice the stars at all. Will you live your life like a dim star barely visible in the darkest of skies or will you live so loudly that no one will miss how brightly you shine?