The book does not contain much of a story, but rather human advice being passed on because Copt, the main character, “does not believe that will change in the next thousand years.” I think that’s more a statement about the human condition, and not intended to be quite as pessimistic as it could potentially sound. We still suffer and overcome, just like humans did thousands of years ago. Here are my ten favorite bits of wisdom:
“…religion was created in order to share the mystery and to worship, not to oppress or convert others.”
“The people who really help others…rarely give advice, but serve as an example.”
“Small things are responsible for great changes.”
“My life was an interesting one. I didn’t squander the blessing.”
“And to those who believe that adventures are dangerous, I say, try routine; that kills you far more quickly.”
“Outer beauty is inner beauty made visible.”
“…people who love expecting to be loved in return are wasting their time. Love is an act of faith, not an exchange.”
“For most people, generosity consists only in giving, and yet receiving is also an act of love.”
“Stay close to those who are not afraid to be vulnerable, because they have confidence in themselves and know that, at some point in our lives, we all stumble, they do not interpret this as a sign of weakness, but of humanity.”
“Help us to know that when our legs are tired, we can keep walking, thanks to the strength in our hearts, and that when our hearts are tired, we can still carry on, thanks to the strength of our Faith.”
“I’m crying because he is a dearly beloved friend, and yet I knew nothing of the difficulties he was in. I only found out when he came and knocked on my door and asked to borrow some money.”
If I were to ever have a full-fledged vocation…I need to love it, and, in my experience, it isn’t always easy to figure out what you love. You’d think it would be, but it isn’t.
— Marisa De Los Santos, Love Walked In.
When I read this, I remembered why I’ve always loved books so much: they find the words when I can’t, they express what I previously thought was so inexplicable. Just when I started to believe that I was the only person that could ever possibly feel this way…I’m not.