Thursday, April 05, 2012
If you've ever read the novel Coast Road by Barbara Delinsky, you've at least been exposed to the type of impact a book club can have on a person's life. In my case, I meet with a group of ladies monthly. We take turns hosting our monthly meetings and choosing a book to read. We even discuss the book for at least ten minutes per meeting. There is something transforming that happens within this group, though. Yes, part of it is we challenge one another ideologically, personally, and intellectually as we discuss different books. Yes, part of it is we drink copious amounts of wine at each meeting. Yes, part of it is the consistent contact this group has encouraged among us. But in the end, it's synergistic: together, we are more than the sum total of us as individuals. Others, mutual acquaintances, want to join our group because they hear us speak so joyfully about it. The group, however, is somewhat reluctant to upset the apple cart with possible rogue personalities. I've been mulling this over for quite some time. The only explanation that I've come up with is the group is cemented with love which increases our positive qualities exponentially and decreases our negative qualities so they're almost imperceptible. I love you all: Kathy, Ann, Tammy, Bette, Daun, Pat, Sue, and even Sharon and Judy!