This book was a gift from a friend and a wonderful choice for me. In it, Gordon Livingstone M.D. writes a series of essays pondering everything from love to thinking and expectations.
Livingstone has an interesting perspective and much of this book was originally published in different formats on an online forum for bereaved parents. Although Livingstone was there to find solace after the death of his two children – one through illness and another through suicide – his fellow participants found much hope and reason in his writings. I did too.
The only thing I found myself battering against was his pragmatic statements about the nature of love. He believes that the idea of true and everlasting love leads us astray. While I agree that dangerously romanticising the idea of the perfect relationship may in fact be getting in the way of many people’s happiness, I’d like to think there are people out there who can grow and change together in warmth and happiness. But perhaps I’m just over-romanticising that too.
Well worth a read – and lovely short essays that can be picked up and re-read whenever you need.