Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Seventeen Second Miracle

Have you ever read this book? My mom sent it to me to read and I finished it this evening. I think my life may have been changed.

You know how there are some good books, and some great books, and some books that leave you feeling like your life will never be the same (in a very good way)? This book had all those elements in it.

The basic premise of the book is about serving others - for 17 seconds. Because 17 seconds isn't that long. And there are always people who could use a listening ear, a friend, a ride somewhere...the list goes on and on.

The man in the book kept a journal. Each day he would write about at least one thing that someone else did for him. Sometimes it was as simple as: So-and-so stopped me in the parking lot at school today. She said she liked my poem. I don't think she's ever talked to me, but she did today.

I loved this book. It was so clean too. I think there was one swear word in the whole book - and I felt it was pretty well placed - do you know what I mean? I wouldn't have said it - but it wasn't put in the book just so there would be a swear word in there. It fit the conversation/mood/etc.

If you haven't read it yet - I think you should. I think everyone should read a book like this, and since this is the most recent one I've read - I'm recommending it. It might change your life forever. And you might always think of 17 second miracles forever.

And here's my 17 second miracle for the day...

This evening was a little crazy - but not terribly. It was a long day though, mostly filled with doing laundry. Sam got home shortly before dinner and got the kids all working on a "clutter buster" (aka - set the timer and see how much can be picked up/cleaned up before the timer goes off) and it really made my day. The little boys scattered quite a few things around today - and I hadn't gotten around to getting it all picked up. And with the microwave dead it's sometimes hard to get everything warm but not burned at the same time - and so right before dinner is kind of crazy. But to get dinner on and find the living room beautifully clean and the garbage emptied - it totally made my day. Thanks Sam - and all the kids. You are my 17 minute miracle today.

1 comment:

  1. I don't know how I failed to have your blog in my reader. That has now been corrected! I love all the posts that I just skimmed through. It sounds like life with a house full of kids is crazy, but fun. As an oldest child, I suspect you already knew that, though. The book sounds neat. Maybe once Summer vacation officially hits I'll be able to read it!