Peg’s Revelation

Sunday morning, I rode my bike to the local coffee shop and was pleasantly surprised to see my friend Peg—reading my book! I see Peg at the coffee shop frequently, and she always has a book in hand since she’s a prolific reader. I asked what she thought of The Descent into Happiness, and she told me that it reminded her of how she thought when she was a college student—how her mind moved more slowly then, when you start to learn new disciplines and concepts, how new ideas blend with what you already know.

She told me the book is encouraging her to reclaim that “newness”, that slow perspective she had before getting trapped in what she calls “the administrative side of life.” I’m touched that the book had this effect on her; this alone made writing the book worthwhile.

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