Thursday, November 6, 2014

Tiny Beautiful Things

Dear Sugar columnist, who turned out to be Wild author Cheryl Strayed, hits it out of the park in this collection of essays.  Wow.  It reads like a perfect combination of memoir, self help and guilty-pleasure beach read.  It's not for the faint of heart and she doesn't hold back.  But her ability to tell it like it is, being honest without being hurtful, is the gem of the book.   One of my favorite reads!

“Don't surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn't true anymore.” 

“Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can't cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It's just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal.” 

“You have to pay your own electric bill. You have to be kind. You have to give it all you got. You have to find people who love you truly and love them back with the same truth. But that's all.”