I kind of got behind on my blogging and am clumping two days together. I'm not in AIM anymore, so I can clump when I feel like it! I intended to get out yesterday after my workout, and go back to the shopping center where I offended everyone, however I began feeling ill again. Stuffy head, runny nose. So I tried my own home remedy, Zycam AND Benedryl. It seemed to do the trick.
Today I was going to attempt the shopping center, but it is a bit of a walk, and we are having some cool and windy weather. Not quite like the winter storms making their way into Texas now. So I decided to go to the pool side cafe and have a lite lunch. I did sit outside, but had to move in a little closer to the cafe in out of the wind.
I took my book with me. I am rereading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. He is a Brazilian author, and while I have not read anything else of his I liked, I can highly recommend this book. It is in my top five favorites. Many of you know Todd Patten. I worked with Todd at the Children's Home of Lubbock and he recommended the book to me. Glad I followed his recommendation.
The story takes place in Southern Spain/Northern Africa. It is about a young shepard who meets some mysterious people who tell him he needs to find his treasure at the pyramids. As he goes along on his journey he meets an alchemist who is instrumental in helping him live out his dreams.
I wanted to read it while I was in the middle east to get an authentic feel for the story. The book I have was Todd's (Todd if you want it back, I'll be glad to send it to you.) and before that it was Andrew Moore's. It is really neat because both of them have made notes in the margin, which help me to read it from more perspectives than just my own.
There are several lines in the book that are profound. I'd like to share one with you because the past couple of days have seemed sort of hum drum here with the fog and the sickliness, and it could have not been more appropriate for me to read.
". . . and when each day is the same as the next, it's because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their own lives every day that the sun rises."
I needed to be reminded of that. I should be thankful for every sunrise the Lord provides to me, and realize His blessings in each day!