Grateful for … the little things

I am grateful, very grateful indeed, for some of the little things in my life. My phone, my tablet – they both bring me great joy.

I’ve always been something of a bookwyrm – a dragon guarding his hoard of treasures of paper and ink. Unfortunately, the lair I hoarded them in was not watertight, and I ended up losing most of them.

 

When one door closes ...

Still, one door closes, one door opens – or you check the windows to see if one was left unlocked, check the chimney, check to see if you can tunnel under and come up in… There’s pretty much always a way.

 

Jamey's current way

And that way is the tiny little devices that store thousands of books, while letting me carry them in my hand or pocket, and select from any of them at any time. And they connect to that vast storehouse of knowledge, the new linkage that is turning Humanity into the Mind of the Planet – the Internet. There, I find Amazon’s Free Books list, or Project Gutenberg’s selection of works remembered through the ages. Baen Publishing has their Free Library, TOR occasionally releases a freebie – and of course I buy books that I really enjoy, often even if I’ve already gotten them for free.

And it’s not just books on my phone and tablet – music, games (I’m a big fan of the old RPG style games like Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior. There’s a lot of them out there, plenty to keep me playing for a long, long time yet!)

Jamey's treasure hoarding dragon side is grateful for his collection of e-books, video games and music on his cell phone and tablet.
Jamey’s treasure hoarding dragon side is grateful for his collection of e-books, video games and music on his cell phone and tablet.

 

So I’m grateful for these little modern miracles of mental stimulation that I would never have dreamed of having back when I started growing my original hoard. Now, my hoard is glowing letters on little screens – but it’s just as valuable, because it was always the thoughts behind the words that meant the most to me.

 

Nudges

Today I am grateful for needed nudges.

For example,  Jamey gave me a copy of the book The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz about 8 or 9 years ago.   I really kept meaning to read it, along with a number of other very good books that I keep meaning to read or reread.

 

The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz
The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz

 

The truth of the matter is that I have gotten very lazy since getting my Amazon Kindle Touch (and other platforms for reading e-books) and mostly now listen to audio books or read e-books (from Amazon/Audible or Overdrive), rarely touching my library of physical books.

Thankfully, Joshua, who also writes a daily gratitude blog (“One Year of Gratitude“) and will be writing our first guest post, recently wrote about how helpful he found The Four Agreements in staying on the course he has charted for himself.   Since Joshua’s chosen course is similar to my own, that was the nudge I needed to head out to the bookshelves to retrieve the book.    I started it earlier this evening.

Thank you for the needed nudge, Joshua.

Was there a book you have been meaning to read that that you kept putting off until someone gave you a needed nudge?  Is there something else that you are grateful to someone else for nudging you to do?   We would love to hear about it in the comments below.

Overdrive ebooks, audiobooks and videos

 

To The Bright Edge of the World novel about 1885 Alaska
Overdrive is a great place to borrow ebooks, audiobooks and videos such as “To The Bright Edge of the World” a novel about 1885 Alaska.

Something else that we are both grateful for is Overdrive, a free service provided by our public library that allows us to borrow ebooks, audiobooks and even videos on our mobile devices.

I’ve found quite a few things to enjoy on there including the audiobook I just finished of the Alaskan based historical novel To The Bright Edge of The World by Eowyn Ivey.  Set partially in 1885 and partially in the present, the book is an intriguing mix of history and folklore with a touch of magic and an emphasis on nature’s beauty.   While many of the main characters are men, the book includes two strong women, one of whom is a native Alaskan, a dog, and a raven – or is it a raven?

The author (a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for “The Snow Child”) lives in Alaska with her family. In this short interview, she discusses her fascination with her state and how much of her novel is based on historical events.