As I read another one of Mitch Albom's books, I once again find inspiration. While this book was fiction, it certainly had a message.
We all go through live and do not realize the impact we have on people's lives. People that may seem largely significant and people that we may not even realize we left an impression, This impression can impact their lives in a significant way.
The books recounts the life of a man who does not believe he has lead an extraordinary or significant life. He doesn't understand how much he was loved and how everyone has an impact in someone's life. The character, Eddie works on a pier and does maintenance on the rides and all around the park. After a freak accident, he goes to heaven where he will meet five people whose lives Eddie has left an impact.
The purpose of this book was to help people realize what impact they can make without even realizing it. Mitch dedicated this book to his uncle who did not feel very important. Mitch wanted him to realize that he was and did affect others while he was living here in earth.
One of my favorite quotes from this book comes from the conversation Eddie is having with this "host" in heaven, the Blue Man. He says to Eddie..."that there are no random acts. That we are all connected. That you can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind."
We are all intertwined with others somehow. One simple act, even from someone with a simple life, can have ramifications to influence others. Then, it intersects with someone else's life and so on. Some small acts may be just as significant as some larger acts.
Albom is a great author, no doubt. His books are inspirational, fiction and non-fiction. It is always a pleasure to read his books, and to be inspired by the message that is depicted in the book.
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Albom takes a big risk with the novel; such a story can easily veer into the saccharine and preachy, and this one does in moments. But, for the most part, Albom's telling remains poignant and is occasionally profound. Even with its flaws, The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a ...