So, last night was the first meeting of our new book group (It was Anne, Andrea, Emily, and Shaunae). I am SO glad that I went. It is hard for me to spend time reading, just for pleasure, right now. I have so much to squeeze in that if I haven't even read my scriptures, I can't justify reading something else.
But I love the idea of a book group. Getting to talk about things that are intellectually stimulating. Being challenged, and discussing things with people whose opinions might not be the same as mine. Maybe learning something. Maybe just escaping with a good book.
We read Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. It was an interesting read. I can't say that I loved it, but much of what she said resonated with me. Having purpose and direction all my own has been hard. I am more than just the sum total of the roles that I play.
I've taken some guff for my "blog addiction", but I don't feel badly at all about it. It is my creative outlet. I have always enjoyed writing and this has been my chance to express myself and be creative. I LOVE that! And I am making a lasting record for my family at the same time.
I guess what I got from the book was that she felt like we needed to take the time to do something for ourselves that helps us to be complete. For her, she needed to be alone to find what that was. I don't need to be alone. But I do need time to create and be expressive. And I am better in all my other roles when I take that time!
And look at the spread that Emily made. Good friends, good conversation, good food. All excellent reasons to go to book group!