by Andy Andrews
This is a very different book.
That’s probably the best way I can describe it. According to the promo information, it’s not exactly fiction, although it has some fictional elements. But it’s not exactly biographical either, though you’ll find some of that in there, too.
It probably falls into the “historical fiction” genre, but that’s not entirely accurate either. We’re told that it’s “a unique narrative is a blend of fiction, allegory, and inspiration”.
Whatever it is, I had to tear myself away close to midnight the first day, and I finished it the second (good thing I’m reading it on vacation).
The story is of a man named simply Jones, who travels around and notices. People, situations, problems, celebrations. He notices them all. And then, at the right time, he shares what he has noticed and his take – his perspective – on it.
What is Jones’ perspective?
“Experience is not the best teacher. Other people’s experience is the best teacher.” (p. 9)
“Whatever you focus upon, increases.” (p. 13)
“The only thing crazier than the guy that says, ‘Watch this!’ is the guy that says, ‘Heck, I can do that!’” (p. 53)
“One way to define wisdom is the ability to see, into the future, the consequences of your choices in the present.” (p. 65)
“With a degree of intelligence and a hint of wisdom, most people can tell the difference between good and bad. However, it takes a truly wise person to discern that oh-so-thin line between good and best.” (p. 65)
“There is no difference in the person who intends to do things differently and the one who never thinks about it in the first place.” (p. 111)
“Forgiveness is about the past. Trust and respect are about the future. Forgiveness will be in the hands of others and can be given to you, but trust and respect are in your own hands . . . and must be earned.” (p. 120)
And more. I would certainly love to have a couple of more hours with him. Maybe I can. And so could you. Because sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective.