I love when you read a book and it makes an impression on you…..leaves you wanting to be a better person. Without giving too much away, the book I’m referring to is The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans. After an obituary is written (falsely) about the main character, he is forced to think about and reflect on what others think about him. With a new outlook on life, he chooses to ‘make amends’ with those he has hurt.
There were times when I stopped reading and thought about what people think of me….what would I change about how I live my life. If I were on the outside looking in, would I like what I saw? I walked away from this book with, perhaps, a renewed sense of purpose. I may not remember it every day…but I want to try and leave everyone around me better. I have referenced this quote before (Maya Angelou’s, I believe), “When you know better, you do better.” If I were to die tomorrow, I would want people to have nothing but nice things to say about me. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them so I hope I have reciprocated what they have given me.
So, long story short….I highly encourage those readers out there to check out this book. It’s a quick, but inspirational read. It will leave you thinking, “hmm, is this the best I can do?”