For over two decades, Sarah Ban Breathnach has kept me company on my daily round. I’m sure that when my friend Crystal gave me the book, she had no idea what an impact it would have on me. I’ve carried the silly thing around with me to homes in three different states, on extended trips, and it’s filled with notes, scribbles, and even a segment of a sticky notepad that I affixed to the inside back cover so I could mark pages and make notes.
If you haven’t tried her before, I highly recommend Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy. I feel like I know Sarah, even though I’ve never met her. I’ve read other books of hers, followed her meteoric rise when she became one of Oprah Winfrey’s recommendations, and the fall from the heights as she tried to find her footing on new and unfamiliar ground. Through it all, she has witnessed her own process and written with an engaging openness about the struggles that we face and, in the process, has become a writer for everywoman. And yet, I return to this, her first book, ever day and have done since I was first given it.
Well, you’ll have to read it to find out for yourself, but for me, it’s a couple different things. Each day’s entry varies in length but is short enough to read even on an over-busy morning when I’m dashing around so I don’t miss my bus to work. She has something she calls the Simple Abundance path, and the book takes you on a journey through mindfulness in a way that you don’t even realize until you arrive, at December 31st, disappointed that the book is over. But you begin again, because begin again we all must do on this daily round of ours. And so, to the first chapter, and one of my favorite quotes in the entire book, from Zora Neale Hurston:
– E.E. Cummings
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