As a teacher, my schedule goes in cycles. I’m usually stressed beyond belief for nine months of the year and then have just enough “summer vacation” to relax and recharge for the cycle to begin again.
This past summer, I had the chance to chill out for awhile and ponder some major life decisions that are before me… thinking about where I want to be, what I want to be doing, who I want to be doing it with. You know… the normal questions of existence 😉
And all the time I thought about those big life things, the wisdom I’d learned from my favorite books kept popping into my mind. Mostly, the infinite wisdom of my favorite heroine and writer, Anne Shirley.
Since I could read, she’s been in my mind and my heart. I always wanted, and have been lucky to find, a bosom friend like Diana Barry. And I just recently bought an “I ❤ Gilbert” wristband which proclaims my undying love for the sweetest hero of all!
But the proclamations that come out of Anne’s mouth are most precious of all to me… here is some of the wisdom I hold dear, even so many years after first reading it.
- It’s alright to use big words, even if people laugh at you: “And people laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?”
- A sense of wonder is a requirement for living: “Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes feel glad to be alive — it’s such an interesting world.”
- Good friends are worth working for: “Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”
- There is never only one version of you, and this is what people will love most: “There’s such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think it is why I’m such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne, it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn’t be half so interesting.” & “Anne has as many shades as a rainbow and every shade is the prettiest while it lasts.”
- Every day is a new opportunity: “Marilla, isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
- Sometimes life leads in unexpected directions that may be just as beautiful and excited as what we had hoped for on our expected path: “I shall give life here my best, and I believe it will give its best to me in return. When I left Queen’s my future seemed to stretch out before me like a straight road. I thought I could see along it for many a milestone. Now there is a bend in it. I don’t know what lies around the bend, but I’m going to believe that the best does. It has a fascination of its own, that bend, Marilla. I wonder how the road beyond it goes — what there is of green glory and soft, checkered light and shadows — what new landscapes — what new beauties — what curves and hills and valleys further on.”
And of course, my favorite,
- ‘Dear old world, ‘ she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.’
So what about you? What wisdom about life, love, and romance have you kept with you from your favorite books, both old and new? Does this wisdom inspire you as a reader? A writer? A lover of life?