Monday, March 18, 2013

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

  A couple of months ago, I finished reading the last page of Me Before You.  I closed the book and sat back on my chair.  My heart was full.  Sometimes, when the heart is too full, you don’t know what to say, you can’t describe it.  So you borrow someone else’s words, otherwise your heart will burst.  And for this book, I’m borrowing a passage from Acts of Faith by Iyanla Vanzant.

Reason, Season, or Lifetime
People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you figure out which one it is,
you will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON,
it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty;
to provide you with guidance and support;
to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON,
because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it. It is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons;
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use
in all other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Whether they’re in one another’s lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime, you’ll have to read this book yourself to find out (which, I hope, you would, because it’s worth it, really), but that’s what happened between Louisa Clark and Will Traynor.  They found each other, in the most unexpected circumstances---she, a working-class girl in desperate need of a job;  he, an ex City-whiz kid, wealthy, intelligent, and very unhappy after spending two years as a quadriplegic. Despite their dislikes toward each other during the early stages, somehow their relationship grew, and she was determined to help him
            This book will stay with me for a long time, amongst one of those “unforgettable books” in my list. It’s beautiful in all its simplicity, yet the emotions it evokes are not so simple. It leads one to contemplation and maybe you will wonder what you will do if you were in their shoes, if you were in Will’s shoes, particularly.