It's time for another episode of: "Grab a Book!"
Fellow blogger and friend The Downtown Guy -- http://downtownguy.blogspot.com -- whose entire blog is dedicated to the promotion of downtown Oklahoma City, a cause I support but a fetish I do not share, has launched one of those fun what-are-you-reading games. (This come via E.R.'s blog. Pass it on).
He wants Page 123, sentence 5.
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. In a comment on this blog, and on your own blog, post the sentence along with these instructions.
(He's kinda persnickety about it. He says:)
5. Don’t search around and look for the “coolest” book you can find. Do what’s actually next to you.
"Life as we have known it has been transformed."
--from Stephanie Marston, "If Not Now, When?" Chapter 6, "Growing Up Isn't for Sissies" (New York: Warner Books Inc., 2002.)
Editorial comment: As we approach middle age, we begin to experience losses that bring our own immortality into sharp focus. We lose friends, parents and others to death. We experience more serious illnesses, either our own or those of people dear to us. Sometimes, separation comes from fractured relationships.
Sometimes it's hard to understand that we are not alone in these life changes. As surely as puberty, this mid-life transition awaits us all. We can choose to wallow in the pain, impotent, or we can get a grip, face it down and claim our own lives, living more fully than we could have imagined.