8.18.2010

pointing ahead

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There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.
~C.S. Lewis

This summer, I bravely went through my book collection, emptied an entire bookcase and donated many stacks of books. It took me a while to get into the right mindset of letting go of these friends, but once I realized that others would have the opportunity to read them and I could always check a book out at the library...well it made it easier to say goodbye. It feels marvelous to have things on the lighter, simpler side.

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17 comments:

  1. I love the first picture, good capture of the fern leaf.

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  2. Lighter almost always feels better. I need to do the same with my closet.

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  3. I have a laundry basket of paperbacks to donate now - thank you for the reminder to just go on and do it.

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  4. First, I love the top pictures. Second, I am contemplating getting rid of books. I am a bit overwhelmed by the thought. I am considering getting an e reader and checking out what I lack. I feel like I am trying to swim the English channel are something because it is so hard.

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  5. you are
    a
    brave woman.
    i was thinking
    of mailing books
    to friends
    that i thought
    would like them...
    somehow
    it would make
    it easier
    to let go of books.

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  6. That is a great quote and you've given me something to consider because I am moving next week and don't want to get rid of any of my books but may have to. Letting go of the memories and smiles between the pages makes me kind of sad though.

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  7. love the photos. love the quote. love your conclusion on giving- i'm sure you're about to bless a dozen curious bookworms out there ready to engage in a new adventure. thank you (:

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  8. Kudos to you for doing that. I always find it hard to get rid of books, even books I don't really like. I just love the look of them on my shelves, it makes me so happy.

    The quote you chose is fantastically fitting.

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  9. I've been going through my books as well, and right now reading this post I remembered I should donate plenty of paperbacks too.. I haven't been able to let them go yet, but soon I hope. :)

    love that quote by the way. :)

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  10. i know how you feel. sometimes letting go is difficult, especially for me with books and music. but i always have to realise that there are new things out there to enjoy that will fill up my shelves.

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  11. Lotte: Thank you, I was happy to have found it near the sidewalk.

    Des: It became a necessity, but with a good outcome indeed.

    Denise: Completely, and I'm glad I didn't get rid of all of them.

    Char: Wonderful and it'll be nice to check it off the to do list I'd imagine.

    keishua: It really can be an overwhelming task, but knowing you'll keep some might help. Lovely idea about going to the library.

    gwen: That is a splendid idea and so very thoughtful. I will do that on the next round.

    Lili: I understand for sure. I do hope your move goes smoothly and my fingers are crossed for the perfect spot for your books.

    sarah: I really hope so and I love how you described the books as being on a new adventure.

    Ashley: Shelves of books is one of the most beautiful sights, agreed!

    inna: It's definitely a hard process. I still have plenty of books that I've kept and somehow that's helped.

    jenna: I like how you look at things and it's so true. Always more to come that is lovely.

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  12. As a hoarder, I don't think I could do the same, but I like greatly your notion of sending these books out in to the world to be read and enjoyed by others.

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  13. loving your greens up there!

    it's been a while since i did my last big clear-out: books and clothes. i can feel another one slowly coming up.

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  14. oh brave you. i've been doing that too. you have the right way of looking at it. i've been donating all mine to the library, but i've often thought of packaging a few books up with a note saying "read me" or something and randomly placing them on park benches...

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  15. I used to read a lot of RL Stine's when I was little.
    Although I barely look at them now, I find it hard to let them go because I spent most of my childhood reading and most of my memories are attached to those books.. =(

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  16. your book collection! i wish i had been there to glean some of your amazing books.

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