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A surprising find in a Murder Mystery novel...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I just finished reading a novel by Louise Penny called Still Life. It's set in Quebec and centres around a Detective and a small village called 3 Pines. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have already reserved a few more of her novels that are set in the same village.

What I found remarkable is that there was a passage that I felt was written specifically for ME - who'd have thought that I'd find such a golden tidbit in a book that I selected simply to take my mind off my troubles?


From the novel Still Life by Louise Penny:

Life is change. If you aren’t growing and evolving you’re standing still, and the rest of the world is surging ahead. Most of these people are very immature. They lead “still” lives, waiting.

Waiting for what?

Waiting for someone to save them. Expecting someone to save them or at least protect them from the big bad world. The thing is no one else can save them because the problem is theirs and so is the solution.. Only they can get out of it.

“The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves that we are underlings”

That is, the fault lies with us and only us. It’s not fate, not genetics, not bad luck, and it’s definitely not Mom and Dad. Ultimately it’s us and our choices. But the most powerful, spectacular thing is that the solution rests with us as well. We’re the only ones who can change our lives, turn them around. So all those years waiting for someone else to do it are wasted. The vast majority of troubled people don’t get it. The fault is here, but so is the solution. That’s the grace.

Who among us can admit that the problem is us?


I was truly amazed to find these words of wisdom in a mystery novel... but thankful that I did!

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    We're either living lives of deep change or slow death.
    2518 days ago
    emoticon Thanks for this blog. Wow, I'm impressed!! So often i read my books and don't "digest" them as well or at least not apply them. I think I read, enjoy and sleep. Even parts of books I find applicable, I don't think much about. Not much thought process goes into pleasure reading for me. LOL Probably a time thing. Anyways, such excellent words of wisdome from a mystery novel and it's awesome you recognized them and were kind enough to share with the rest of us! I like it! Have a great day!
    2559 days ago
    Jillian! Thanks for sharing! I may have to put this up on my bulletin board at home! If the book is good, perhaps I will also read it! Thanks for illustrating that we should be open to the messages in everything we do!

    Loved this blog! What I needed to hear today! Keep on doing what you do, you are a good act to follow!!!
    2559 days ago
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    Those words are so true. Thanks for sharing them with us. emoticon
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