Do you often find yourself over-stimulated when out in the world and long for the comfort of home? Are you strongly affected by other people's moods? Do you consciously avoid violent films, TV shows or books? If so, you may be what Elaine Aron calls an HSP (highly sensitive person). And you're not alone - apparently, we make up 20% of the population! Her book is aimed at helping HSPs to survive in a competitive, demanding world where sensitivity is often viewed as a weakness.
We all have books with a special place in our hearts, for reasons more than the words written in them. Perhaps they changed the way we think about the world, are attached to happy memories or got us through a difficult time in our lives. In this new feature, I will be sharing my own ‘Stories Beyond Books’ and it would be wonderful if you could share yours too!
Many years ago, Anthony Peardew broke a promise. The only promise he has ever made. In atonement, he begins to carefully collect a hotchpotch of objects that have been lost, in the firm belief that they have a significance to someone, somewhere. When Anthony dies, he leaves the collection to his assistant Laura. Adrift in a comfortable but unadventurous existence, Laura finds a new purpose in the monumental task of reuniting the lost objects with their owners. Her quest to fulfil Anthony’s legacy of love makes for a moving tale of wonder, compassion, triumph and the infinite endurance of human connections.
Every Monday I post a happy or inspirational quote from one of my favourite authors – giving you the motivation needed to get through this dreary day of the week! This week I have chosen a poignant quote from Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison…