A winsome debut collection of aphoristic reflections.
In this slim, calendrical book, Murphy, a wellness coach and Lyme disease sufferer, offers 30 brief, daily meditations for people struggling with chronic illness or simply stressed out by their hectic lives. As such, the entries touch on many familiar wellness themes. Day 3’s positive-thinking message enjoins readers to “Think of one blessing you have and celebrate that.” Day 7 extols everyday pleasures, and Day 23 praises everyday courtesies (“A smile, a nice gesture or a small pleasantry in the day can be uplifting”). Day 13 offers tips on getting things done while Day 11 recommends periodically not getting things done (“We all need a day to be lazy”), and Day 9 even sings the praises of goofing off. Some entries strike a philosophical mood, as in Day 5’s entry, which urges readers “to watch the sun set or the moon rise” and observes that “all of nature is affected by the course they take,” and Day 16’s mystical meditation on being and time (“Consent to be late at times. A strict itinerary is not an act of living. Life is. It just is. Be and breathe”). To tempt readers into abandoning an overly strict itinerary, each page offers a large drawing of a mandala full of complex, flowery swirls that beg to be colored in. Murphy’s prose is sometimes pithily blunt (“Talk slower or don’t talk”), but it’s also often delicately lyrical (“When I worked at a museum, one day I laid in the grass like I was going to make a snow angel and just let the apple blossoms fall and truly listened to the birds”). The book doesn’t contain unique or particularly deep thoughts. However, readers who take the time to ponder them will likely start off their day on a warmly encouraging note.
Cheerful, homespun nuggets of wisdom with engaging coloring opportunities.