Monday, November 21, 2011
Appreciating The Books I Own
Just in one of my moods to live my life without feeling I must write about all the details. And working on the 'being excellent thing' with the daily stuff. And too, sometimes we all need breaks from our blogs or voicing details with Real Life friends. Sometimes we just desire to do some major pondering, to keep things to ourselves. For awhile, anyway.
But I will share this: I discovered room for at least 30 more books here at Hobbit Cottage so while considering my new hobby search I thought, "Perhaps I could go on an intensive book search before winter so to find those 30 books. That would make for a spiffy hobby, indeed."
And yet? I counted the books I already own, came up with around 300, and wondered, "Just how many books do I really neeeed? Considering I gave away/sold 6 boxes of books before we moved, these last remaining ones must be pretty special to have survived The Great Book Culling of 2011. Shouldn't I just be content with my 300 wonderful books? Shouldn't I be so thankful for them, especially the ones I desired for many years before I got to buy them?"
I'm thinking I should. And I'm also remembering how often I've bought books simply because my online friends had large collections of our favorite author(s) and I wanted to keep-up, even if I didn't necessarily enjoy those extra books. (Oh, those subtle motives!)
So there'll be no Rabid Book Search Hobby.
Now, will I still casually search through stacks of books when I chance upon them here and there at shops or libraries? Yes, of course. But I'll keep it all low-key, sane and balanced. Snatch up a book once in awhile, take it home, hold it, page through it, read it and treasure it.
I like the sound of that. And I'm thinking God might, too.
It's a cool, but sparkling, bright day here, the sun is shining through the windows on the sunny side of the house and all is well.
I hope you are experiencing the same.
"Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, Never will I leave you; Never will I forsake you." ... Hebrews 13:5