I have a dear friend Relyn who loves books as much as I do and is a huge fan of Elizabeth Berg and before Christmas she said that she often starts out the year reading this book and now I see why.
It is a wonderful book about life and enjoying it the good,bad and ugly.
The book starts out with Betta driving cross country and finding a house in a small Ill. town where she befriends a small boy and two college age kids and reconnects with her friends from her college days.Betta is dealing with losing the great love of her life and wondering how she will go on without him.
I found this book as I do most of Berg's writing to be applicable to life in all it's facets. I think Mrs. Berg understands us humans with all our imperfections and she encourages us to look for the good and give kindness to those around us.
The title comes from a passage in the book where Betta's friend is talking about her own loses and encourages Betta to maybe make this her Year of Pleasures.She reminds Betta that the pleasure that we as humans most enjoy are those found in simple things.
I am going to take Betta's advice and try to make this my Year of Pleasures and try to find something that makes me happy in each new day and be thankful for it.
It can be something as simple as listening to my lab snore which makes me smile because I love that dog so. That is my pleasure of the day.What is yours?
"I always think incipient miracles surround us, waiting only to see if our faith is strong enough. We won't have to understand it; it will just work, like a beating heart, like love. Really, no matter how frightened and discouraged I may become about the future, I look forward to it. In spite of everything I see all around me every day, I have a shaky assurance that everything will turn out fine. I don't think I'm the only one. Why else would the phrase "everything's all right" ease a deep and troubled place in so many of us? We just don't know, we never know so much, yet we have such faith. We hold our hands over our hurts and lean forward, full of yearning and forgiveness. It is how we keep on, this kind of hope."
— Elizabeth Berg (Talk Before Sleep)