Thursday, March 27, 2014

Be compassionate. And compassion will come back to you.

I keep thinking about The Good Luck Of Right Now by Matthew Quick. I keep giving the book as a gift, and I can't stop thinking about Bartholomew Neil, the Dalai Lama, Richard Gere, and balance.

When Matthew Quick was asked about the title, The Good Luck Of Right Now, he replied that the title popped into his head several years ago and he had no idea what it meant. Now he says it's about balance and riding out the rhythms of the universe.

For me, The Good Luck of Right Now is about asking the big questions and being comfortable with our collective inability to find absolutes.

Or, as Bartholomew realizes in Montreal:
I sat down on a chair and felt the cold on my face as I watched the snowflakes evaporate instantly, the moment they hit the warm, blue, chlorinated pool water - and I wondered if what I was witnessing could be a metaphor for our lives somehow, like we were all just little bits falling toward an inevitable dissolve, if that makes any sense at all.

Or, when Max talks about April, "What the f*ck, hey?"
Richard Gere, you whispered in my ear - Tell him you want to hear about his cat. Lessen his pain. Be compassionate. Remember the Dalai Lama's teachings.
Listen. Ease his suffering. Be compassionate. And compassion will come back to you. Heed the words of the Dalai Lama.

I would love for more people to read this book.

So, I've decided to do a giveaway. Leave a note in the comments, and I'll draw a winner on Monday, March 31st. I'll send a copy of The Good Luck Of Right Now to the winner.