eBooks’ Character Flaws

papery wonder;
that little pop
when i
stretch the binding
for the first time ~
and i smell them…
letters… ink ~
the doorway
lies straight ahead.
one last look
at the artistic teaser…
and i dive
dive deep;
let imagination
entice me.

my friends,
your virtual cousins
will never inherit
your charms.

I love books. For the one my extremely kind mailman delivered to me today, I have waited for more than a year… and now I am sitting here, building my anticipation, just looking at it. Sweet agony.
This is the beauty I am looking at: Jim Butcher’s ” Cold Days”
… if you don’t know the Series and love to read, boy, you’re in for a treat. They are absolutely marvelous. Who knows, maybe one of you will get hooked as well.
Now… off to enjoy the moment I’ve waited for… for so long.

photo credits: google image search

Food for the Soul

i got lost in Jack London’s The Call of the Wild again… usually i don’t like quoting others on here – i try to avoid it as much as i can… but this, ah, it’s just too beautiful.

i can never ever get enough of this passage… thank you, Mr. London.
i want to bathe in those words… maybe some of you will understand.

Night came on, and a full moon rose high over the trees lighting the land till it lay bathed in ghostly day. And the strain of the primitive remained alive and active. Faithfulness and devotion, things born of fire and roof were his yet he retained his wildness and wiliness. And from the depths of the forest, a call still sounded.

The Flow of Energies

for the past couple of years, i have read a lot about the flow of energies. it is astonishing how much you can improve your life if you only pay a little attention.
(a great read concerning the flow of energies is James Redfield’s “The Celestine Prophecy”… it opened my eyes to a lot of things.)

i was always so tired, frustrated, fed up… hated my chores, could barely even stand my job anymore, felt like society was sucking the last bit of energy out of me, draining me completely.
it’s all a lot easier when you don’t let people get to your reserves…. and it took me a long time to realize this. it’s quite simple, really. when you interact with someone, it’s basically all about giving and taking. there are a lot of people out there who are only focused on doing one of the two… the helpers and the takers. most of them act the way they act because they’ve never been taught differently… it’s their parents’ patterns imprinted on them.

the helpers are always drained… they give and give without ever taking anything back, without ever expecting anything in return… and soon enough, they run out of fuel. and if they ever even so much as think about complaining, they think they will be frowned upon by society… for being selfish.

the takers, well, they take. without thinking. usually they surround themselves with a ton of helpers who are willing to give freely… because, hey, they’re stupid enough to offer energy for free, so why give something in return when what you need is offered to you willingly? pretty clever way to get your energy restored, and it’s not their fault either – they were shaped this way.

the trick is to find a balance. not as easy as it seems, because you have to constantly be aware of your surroundings, the way you go about things, the way you interact with other people. once you’ve seen your patterns though, it gets simpler. you can see pretty soon which people you want to interact with and which you’d better not.
society teaches us that it’s good to help others… but it doesn’t tell us to be cautious as well. if you give too much, you drain yourself. whoever tells you that helping is good, should also make you aware of the consequences of giving too much.

i’ve been a helper for most of my life… and i always wondered why i didn’t feel better… because, hey, i made others feel better, right? so why not myself? how stupid i was.

i had a conversation last night… a pretty good one. we were both pretty tired when we started out talking, but once we got a little further into the conversation, the energy started to flow. we were recharging… we were both aware of what we were doing, and at the end of the conversation, we weren’t tired at all. it felt so good. peaceful. at ease.

never let your guard down while interacting with others. take care of yourself.

develop healthy egoism. (yes i know, the word egoism has a bad ring to it… we instantly start thinking about being selfish… that’s not the fact though. you need healthy egoism for self-preservation.)

give and take. never only do one of the two things, always do both.

most of you will probably think i’m crazy while reading this, but maybe some of you will understand. i am thankful for those out there, who will. you’re on the right track.

once you’ve seen the energies flow unhindered, you will never want to get back to your old ways. it’s so beautiful what we can do for each other without giving up on ourselves.

photo credits: weeklyuniverse.com

For the Treasure Chest…

i love getting mail. packages in particular. it always makes me feel like a child when i can rip open a cardboard box and stare at the goodies inside.

and once again, i couldn’t resist.

i discovered these two children’s books a couple of days ago… and they were so lovely, so beautiful and spoke so much truth, i had to have them. i didn’t expect it to be so easy to get my hands on them (since i’m in germany and the author is not), but surprisingly, it was. hail the mighty web!

so, Mrs. Jamcracker, i am delighted to have these two in my possession. thank you so much for sharing your wonderful stories.

new additions to my treasure chest! i am thrilled!

Kids Only?!

Imageyes, i am obsessed with children’s books. they are – to me –  among the most beautiful things in the world. how can anyone not love the simple clarity, the soft language and the precise, meaningful words, telling a wonderful story? instantly makes me feel warm and cosy… at home.

Love you forever” is a masterpiece… it is to me.

i have to admit that not a week goes by where i don’t take it out of the bookshelf and give it – at least – a quick scan. so beautiful.

if i have children one day, i hope i will be brave enough to read it to them… because i have never managed to read through all of it without tears streaming down my face.

photo credits: mindlikechild.com

The Advantage of being able to read

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,” said Jojen. “The man who never reads lives only one.

this is what George R. R. Martin said in his latest book ‘A Dance with Dragons’… i would have kissed him for this sentence, had he been available.
isn’t it beautiful to know that so many talented people out there offer you a way to escape your mind – and your life – for a brief period of time? a priceless thought to me… much appreciated. you can roam free through the ages, experience other worlds and long past history as if you were living it… right here, right now… utterly fascinating.
books have been my companions for so many years now, they never failed me, never demanded anything but a little time and attention and never asked for anything in return (except for a little money)… for taking me on magnificent journeys. Imagethey will stay with you forever if you treat them well – a bookshelf, a palpable escape route for the living room. you can break free whenever you want.

the smell of a freshly printed book, the little ‘pop’ when you stretch the binding for the first time, those simple characteristics enrich the experience of reading… essentials an ebook will never be able to get close to. i need the smell and the feel of it, only then will i feel comfortable.

the quote above really made me think. how awful would it be if we weren’t able to communicate our thoughts the old-fashioned way? if books didn’t exist? the -for us- simple fact to express ourselves and, in that way, enrich the lives of others by maybe only a tiny fragment is in my eyes one of the most important abilities a human has to offer. lines on paper painting pictures in your head you would have never seen if it weren’t for the writers brave enough to share their beautiful imagination.

so here’s a shout-out to all the writers out there who, even in the age of the iPad, still stick to the roots and publish real books.
i love you so much.
please continue your wonderful work.

you never cease to amaze me.

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