What To Read When You Feel Awful

I have heard several stories about young people with existing joint conditions being flattened with chronic fatigue.

What could be more difficult for any young person than an extended period of inactivity and isolation.

Do you know someone who is having to spend a lot of time in bed?  Would you like to give them something that just might help?

I can recommend the new novel by Elisabeth Tova Bailey called The Sound of A Wild Snail Eating.

It is an easy and soulful story told by a writer who finds herself very ill and unable to do much at all.

A friend gives her a snail in a pot plant of violets and this becomes a turning point.

I won’t tell you any more about the story except to say that I think it says to all of us –

If you are lost pay close attention to what is right in front of you.

Another work that carries a similar theme is the film available on DVD called  The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.

In both the book and the film someone faces a time when they are lost and unable to see how they might move forward.

In both cases lessons are learnt and many surprising things happen.

These are both works of great optimism and wisdom.

Maybe you have also come across something that might be comforting and inspiring to others.

Please let me know and I’d be happy to pass it on.