Updated: Sep 15, 2022
The way my reading preferences have recently tipped toward a particular genre or subject matter feels fittingly serendipitous. That there are an infinite number of universes that exist parallel to our present one is mind-bending and complex but simultaneously intriguing and thought-provoking.
Every moment of every day is filled with choices. Some seem monumental while others might be deemed inconsequential by our ego-centric mind. Often, we don't appreciate how the smallest decision can lead us down a new path. That's where this story and novel shines brightest for me: stumbling upon the realization that no choice or decision is small or insignificant. And while we might reflect on the past or ponder the prospects for our future, all we really have is the here and now alongside the infinite number of choices available in the present moment.
"That’s what you do when you want something. You don’t look for reasons why it won’t work. You look for reasons why it will."
Each of our choices is guided by a belief system and conceptual truths. When we open ourselves up to truly embracing reality and the things/people/ideals that are closest to our hearts, we better understand and appreciate the decisions we make and why we make them.
"I didn’t mean for it to happen. But when you have that kind of connection with someone, nothing can stand in its way."
Sometimes there is a person, pursuit, or intangible connection to something bigger than us that cannot be ignored. Whether it's a result of our cumulative and intentional actions or fate, the origin doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is that we pursue it with everything in our being.
"I was really taken with this one theory that states that everything that is possible happens."
The idea of parallel universes and multiple realities sets the mind along a winding path of endless questions, most that begin with what if...
And whether the result of those choices is seen as life-altering or inconsequential, it's important to realize that they all matter. Every single one. In ways that we can't possibly imagine.
All we have is the present. And inside that moment we have the opportunity to make a choice. And inside that one decision, we find meaning, happiness, and an infinite number of possibilities that draw us ever nearer to the person we are meant to be.
As has become the case with many books that move me, this "review" has been more of an emotional outpouring about my thoughts and feelings after reading it.
Ms. Reid's novel feels like part story, part philosophy, and part personal introspection. The thought of maybe in another life is intriguing if not impractical to the logical mind. But when we realize that "another life" is waiting for us inside our next choice, right now, in this same moment that you're reading this, maybe in another life is not all that far-fetched given the right perspective.
Dave’s Rating: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️
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