Posted by: drjamm | December 15, 2008


The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome
– Derek Walcott

Time Traveler's Wife

I have just finished The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger this week. I am still feeling moved by this heart-warming, heart-wrenching, beautiful read. If you need to escape into a book this holiday, I would recommend this one. In this story, Ms Niffenegger, with all her plot twists into the past, present and future, above all else, underscores the importance of cherishing every blessed moment of NOW. We only have Now and soon that Now will be forever gone. Even if you could time travel, as Niffenegger explores, still, all you would have is Now. Niffenegger’s plot is an ingenious, complex, tense, tragic, humourous, and beautiful love story of the highest order. When I closed the book after finishing the last page, I wanted to just cancel all appointments, and BE with my family — in the moment — soaking up the gift of their Presence in my life.

May you find the time to breathe the aroma, sip and swish the “top notes”, and savour “the finish” of a generous goblet of Now. Kanpai, L’chaim, and Bottoms up!

The quote above, is an excerpt from Derek Walcott’s poem, Love after love, that is published in the opening pages of The Time Traveler’s Wife. I appreciate Walcott’s  confidence that we will eventually experience a homecoming of the Self with one’s Self. And when we have come full circle “back home ” to our Selves, it will be a happy reunion. I hope to come back to this gorgeous quote in a future blog post.

Credit and Links:
Quote credit: The above poem is an excerpt from Derek Walcott’s poem, Love after love. Derek Walcott won The Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. You can read more about Derek Walcott at the Nobel Prize web page here:

Time Traveler's WifeBook credit: You can read more info about The Time Traveler’s Wife by clicking the book image.

bright heart singing, copyright 2008 – jamm. Creative commons attribution, non-commercial sharing only (translation: feel free to quote me in context or use this entry but please always credit me for my work, thanks.)


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