What I Learned - A Right to Bear Arms by Richard Savin
To call this brilliant book an epic would be an understatement!
What I Learned:
I totally believe a person can be both fragile and strong. Sometimes people are strong because that is the only option available to them, but that doesn't mean they wouldn't like to be a little fragile and have someone else tell them it's all going to be okay sometimes.
If you change depressed to "down" then I love this quote. Depressed is a medical clinical condition, not a state of mind you can just talk yourself out of, but being down, and looking at things in a negative light is absolutely something you can have some control over. Try and take a step back and look at things a different way. There is always a positive.
It doesn't hurt to have a "disaster plan" in place, even if it's just a few thoughts in your head about what you will do if things don't go the way you want them to. Sometimes you just need a place to start. But don't dwell on the negative outcome - just believe you can find a solution to whatever is thrown at you.
I love this...this is what happens when you finally see that light at the end of the tunnel, or the sun breaking through the rain clouds.
Try your hardest not to just passively exist. Life is far too short and far too precious for that.
I guess to me this quote is all about standing by your decisions, living with the consequences and never second guessing yourself. In all honestly you have no idea what unforeseen things would have happened if you had chosen an alternative route, so stick with your guns (so to speak). In years to come you might look back at that "bad decision" and realise it was the catalyst that got you to where you are today.
If you stop and really think about this it is completely true. It's food in our house, life revolves around food!!! The joy of teenagers and dogs!
...so just take a breath, stop and take a step back because it will all be ok and you will handle it, no matter how bad it seems in the moment. I would do well to remember this at times.
Everyone who has ever had their heart broken, or has had fears an anxiety for a family member or child, will relate to how accurate this phrase is. It's one of the worst feelings in the world.
Try, no matter how hard, not to dwell on the hardship and become bitter. There is always some good to be found if you just stop and look for it.
I guess there are a few ways to look at this passage, but what I take from it is that it's good to remember that in the grand scheme of things what's happening now doesn't really matter much. It's all just temporary.
This makes me smile. So, through no real fault of my own, I would say that I have lived a pretty colourful and epic life up to now. Not much has really gone to plan, to the point the plan has pretty much gone out the window and going with the flow is the only real option left, and I have often thought how brilliant a little plain and normal would be sometimes. A little less "excitement" would definitely be welcomed!
not much more to say on this one really...it says it all.
My Goodreads Review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
To use the word "Epic" to describe this book would be to do the author a disservice...it is so very much more. In my opinion this book should be optioned immediately if it hasn't been already as I would love to relive this story on the screen.
A varied array of characters carry you through an impressively well thought out "what-if" scenario surrounding WWII, including all the main players, and with an incredibly authentic tone at that. I could picture the main players in my head and really believed what was happening on the page could have been what happened if just a few key events had happened differently.
Even more impressive is the way these seemingly unrelated characters intertwine in a really organic way. I laughed and cried and held my breath. Story telling at it's very very best, I can't recommend this book highly enough...set aside an entire weekend.
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