Monday, October 15, 2012

Bittersweet.

A few weeks ago, I saw on Instagram my friend Lauren was reading a new book. And since she has fabulous taste in books, I decided I would pick it up too. Man, am I glad I did.
It's been speaking right to my heart and where I am right now in life.
It helped me find courage to share my story and open my heart a little with a room full of 10 strangers {aka my new small group} last night. Its also reminded me to get serious about saving up for that plane ticket to Denver :)



Share your life with the people you love, even if it means saving up for a ticket and going without a few things for a while to make it work.  There are enough long lonely days of the same old thing, and if you let enough years pass, and if you let the routine steamroll your life, you'll wake up one day, isolated and weary, and wonder what happened to all those old friends.  You'll wonder why all you share is Christmas cards, and why life feels lonely and bone-dry.  We were made to live connected and close, as close as we all were those few days in Alameda, holding one another's babies, taking turns stirring whatever's on the stove.


So walk across the street, or drive across town, or fly across the country, but don't let really intimate loving friendships become the last item on a long to-do list.  Good friendships are like breakfast.  You think you're too busy to eat breakfast, but then you find yourself exhausted and cranky halfway through the day, and discover that your attempt to save time totally backfired.  In the same way, you can try to go it alone because you don't have time or because your house is too messy to have people over, or because making new friends is like the very worst parts of dating.  But halfway through a hard day or a hard week, you'll realize in a flash that you're breathtakingly lonely, and that the Christmas cards aren't much company.  Get up, make a phone call, buy a cheap ticket, open your front door.


Because there really is nothing like good friends, like the sounds of their laughter and the tones of their voices and the things they teach us in the quietest, smallest moments.

-Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet

10 comments:

Allie Brooks said...

This looks so good... I might have to check it out! ;)

Happy Monday.. hope you had a great weekend sweet friend!!!

Erin said...

LOVE finding book recommendations. I'll add this one to my ever growing to-read list ;)

Jenny Strickland said...

This looks and sounds like something I should read!

Emily said...

Thanks for sharing...it's now on my list of books to read!

meme-and-he said...

ahh love this book. My post tomorrow has quotes from it :)

My-cliffnotes said...

So reading this!! Thank you!!

Emily grapes said...

I absolutely loved everything in that excerpt! Wow! I'm definitely putting this on my kindle list!!
Emily at Amazing Grapes

Holly Osbeck said...

She also wrote "Cold Tangerines" which is an awesome book too!

Megan said...

Love love love this so much. I really want to remember this when our baby gets here and still make the effort to see our friends!!

Jennifer Blair said...

Wow. This is so powerful. I need to get this book!