What I Learned - Say Yes on Saturday by Lawrence Schneider
A beautiful novel based on a true story...a real story of determination and an "ordinary" life lived on the quest of being "special"
What I Learned:
This really made me smile - what a gorgeous legacy and the most beautiful of reasons to tell your story.
You can get through anything if you just stick together with the people who love you, and who knows, that "wrong" might be leading you in the direction of the best "right" ever!
Always. No matter what.
I think we all feel like this about the people we love, and it's devastating if we do ever inadvertently hurt them.
One of the best descriptions of holding a new born baby that I have ever read.
How great would this be if we could teach this to every single child, no matter what thebeiir challenges.
Every single one of us has the capacity to be special, to do something special, even if it's just being special in the eyes of another person who is special to us.
Never forget to work as hard as you possibly can to be as special as you can be - only you can make it happen.
Try to never quit, no matter how hard things get - what is it they say about climbing mountains - you always find the greatest view after the hardest climb.
Just keep going, keep putting that one foot in front of the other because you can do ANYTHING!
I really like this quote - persistence and hard work can overcome just about anything.
...so find your strengths, play to them, and improve on those weaknesses. Nothing is ever permanent - swap those weaknesses to strengths - in fact sometimes your greatest strength is knowing and acknowledging your weaknesses.
Never be afraid to take that risk because who knows what the reward will be.
...and sometimes completely unexpectedly and by accident.
So true...all the rest is just whistles and bells.
A good lesson to remember.
...so remember to make the most of every last second and every last opportunity.
Do it right now. Make a start. What do you have to lose?
...and how exciting is that?!
...so maybe we should always endeavour to be ready no matter what the circumstances.
I think this is true not just about being an artist, but about any work that we love. It stops becoming work and a chore simply because we love it. This could work the other way too - do a Mary Poppins and try to find the joy in everything you do - it's there if you look and it will make the tasks ahead, and your day, so much better.
Always worth remember that sometimes the one's who seem to have gotten the furthest aren't actually the ones who have achieved the most.
...so say YES as often as humanly possible (and read Yes Man by Danny Wallace!)
...and again with the saying YES! Why not?!
My Goodreads Review:
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Gorgeous story about one seemingly ordinary mans quest to become special.
Beautifully written and well paced story following a shy, socially awkward dyslexic lad with a determination not just to make the people who love him proud, and not just to prove his doubters wrong, but to ultimately live up to the potential he knows is inside him.
I smiled through out this book, and loved the fact that dreams and intuition and hard work made all the difference, proving that persistence really does pay off.
A beautiful legacy for Mr Schneider to leave behind not only for his children & grandchildren, but for the world as a whole.
Mr Schneider...I am willing to bet that nothing about your "specialness" is in question now.
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