February 25, 2013
A book about opening our hearts to the wisdom of others
My Grandfather’s Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging by Rachel Naomi Remen
Rachel Naomi Remen has written a wonderful companion to Kitchen Table Wisdom (reviewed here on the Support4Change blog). You will also want to savor each chapter, finding blessings of hope, kindness and compassion in each wise story and the profound lessons they eloquently express.
Although My Grandfathers Blessings : Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging uses a slightly different style than her earlier book, the author again uses a collection of essays to share stories that allow the reader to understand the lessons her patients, and their physicians, have learned about the abundance of blessings that come from opening our hearts to the blessing from others — and our ability to bless others through contributions we can make in every day’s interaction with others.
Although her grandfather isn’t the central figure in each story, she is able to carry into her adult life the lessons, insights, and blessings he taught so many years ago. It is almost as though he is still very much alive and sharing his simple, but not simplistic, lessons to all of us.
Learning from life takes time. I rarely recognize life’s wisdom at the time it is given. Sometimes I am too distracted by something else that has caught my wandering eye, and not every gift of wisdom comes nicely gift-wrapped. I have often received such a gift only many years after it was offered. Sometimes I needed to receive other things first, to live through other experiences in order to be ready. Much wisdom is a hand-me-down. Like all hand-me-downs, it may be too big at the time it is given.
My Grandfathers Blessings is a blessing for anyone who is tries to navigate the trials of every day.
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