Monday, August 25, 2014
I just finished reading my new favorite book, Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist. This summer I have been searching for some answers to questions I’ve had for a long time, and this book was just what I needed to find some direction. I read another book of Shauna’s last winter, Bread & Wine, and just really fell in love with her writing.

Shauna is an outstanding writer- and such a kindred spirit. This is the first book I’ve read and felt so deeply connected to what the author is feeling and thinking. There were so many times in this book I wanted to jump and yell, “This is SO me!” or “I know exactly how you feel – I really do!”

I love Shauna because she is human – she says what we’re all thinking and feeling. She’s shares her bout with jealously, her struggle to write the book, and moments of restored faith. She reminded me we don’t have to have it together all the time – but we do have to wear life like a favorite sweater. Wear it, use it up, and wring it out. She reminded me that it’s rebellious to choose joy. It’s so much easier to be miserable.

I am rarely miserable. Everything in my life is so good! I love the people, places and things that encompass my life. I sometimes wonder how I got so lucky.

I have struggled this summer to find balance though –which is sometimes difficult with the 90 mph speed of life. I do want to eat cold tangerines but it can be challenging when there’s classes to teach, errands to run, a house to clean, dinner to cook, meetings to attend, and family and friends who need you. Sometimes it’s easy to fall in bed at the end of the day, set your alarm, and not even have the energy to take one bite of that tangerine.

I have also struggled to find a way- the courage and the time really -to pursue something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s been a dream for a very long time. Finding the time, the courage, and reaching out for encouragement from others, is scary and challenging. I have needed someone to tell me I can do it. Thank goodness Cold Tangerines came into my life this summer.

I recently posted one of my favorite quotes from Cold Tangerines on my Instagram – as a reminder for myself. I added the hashtag #coldtangerines. Then I clicked on it – and that’s the magic of hashtags (sometimes we’re hard on poor social media). I instantly saw others – just like me who had found inspiration from Shauna’s book. They had tagged their favorite parts of the book- explaining why it was special to them.

It reminded me of the power of words and good writing. Great writing can speak to a person so powerfully. Great writing can connect us with others, even those we’ve never met, and remind us we’re not alone in our day to day struggles and joys.

It can remind us it will all be #okay.

1 comment on "#coldtangerines"
  1. You CAN do it. I don't know what it is, but I'm pretty sure. Also, I have this book and haven't read it yet. I need to!


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