“That’s what most folks lack—perspective—a broader view. So I give them that broader view . . . and it allows them to regroup, take a breath, and begin their lives again.”
It’s been quite a while since I’ve read a book in one sitting.
It’s been even longer since I’ve had a book knock me back in my chair, make me take a few deep breaths, and then go take a walk just to think through some of what I’d just read.
“The Noticer” from Andy Andrews did it, though. It’s a small book, under 200 pages, and one you can easily plow through it in just a couple of hours. I did that, then read it again the next evening. I’ll be reading it again this weekend.
“Worry . . . fear . . . is just a misuse of the creative imagination that has been placed in each of us. Because we are smart and creative, we imagine all the things that could happen, that might happen, that will happen if this or that happens.”
Jones is an older man. How old we really never find out. And his name might not be Jones, at least not for you. It might be Garcia, or Chen, or something else.
His gift, he says, is a simple one. He is a “noticer.” Jones notices things that others overlook, things that are often in plain sight, he says. And, in the noticing, he offers perspective.
“Most people think it takes a long time to change. It doesn’t. Change is immediate! Instantaneous! It may take a long time to decide to change . . . but change happens in a heartbeat!”
Jones slips in and out of the lives of the characters in Andy Andrews new novel, which is based, he says, on a true experience. He offers them the gift of perspective, allowing them to see beyond circumstances, and to understand their real potential, their value and worth. Jones shows them, with simple logic and absolute clarity, that change is possible, that life can be different and rewarding and is not ever over until it’s over.
“Despite popular belief to the contrary, there is absolutely no power in intention... there is no difference in the person who intends to do things
differently and the one who never thinks about it in the first place.”
Not that it probably means much to you, but I can’t recommend this book enough to you. Buy it today and read it tonight. It will encourage you and lift you up.
It may even change your life.
I am pretty sure it’s changing mine.