In high school, a friend recommended a book called The Celestine Prophecy. This is after he had recommended the Chicken Soup For the Soul book (which by the way, was the first one in the collection), and after I had raved how much I loved it. Matt (my friend) said that this new book would make me think. He and I were in English class together and at the time, we were studying poetry and the depth that the poets wrote about their topics. One thing he told me though, was to read the book, one chapter a night, and don't read it all one time.
I started reading that night and every morning, I would express to him that I was anxious to read the next chapter. Why did he tell me to read it one chapter a night? It is one of those books, where if you read it in one sitting, it's great, it's awesome, it's memorable. But if you read it one chapter a night, you think about that chapter the next day and absorb what it means to you, which makes the book more meaningful.
When Mrs. Lubich posted the topic for this week, this book, specifically one chapter, stood out to me. There's a chapter that states you should take the time to REALLY notice things. While reading it, I thought "hey, I notice things around me." But it meant to look at the different colors in flower beds, really notice the brightness of the colors, the charity of the colors. Look at the mountains and the blending of the colors created by nature. Look in the eyes of a wild deer or watch a pet sleep. Everything has beauty within it, it's a matter of how you interpret it.
With Fall upon us, we see the changing of colors with trees, something I never saw in Hawaii. The weather creates different patterns on the ground, with mists and fogs and frost. If you take the challenge of really looking at things, remember them when you do your poetry unit. At least remember to step back and look deeper into things before making judgement.