In the newest Andy Andrews book, The Noticer, a mysterious man makes his rounds through Orange Beach, Alabama giving a healthy dose of perspective to its residents, changing lives as he goes.
The Noticer is a book filled with everyday wisdom wrapped up in the story of Jones, the strange old man who has a knack for showing up at just the right time. People in crisis find themselves sharing their struggles with Jones and find their lives changed for the better. The wisdom is directed to a wide audience - married couples, singles, old, young and in between. Most of it I had heard before, but some truths are always good to be reminded of.
The most meaningful part of the book for me was when Jones was talking to an older woman who felt the best part of her life was behind her. He shared the story of one man who had saved two billion people, and pointed out that the man would have never been in that position if not for the actions of those who had come before him. His point was this:
"'For the truth is, who knows who it really was whose single action saved the two billion people? How far back could we go?' Jones reached over and took Willow's hand. 'And how far into the future could we go, dear lady, to show how many lives you will touch? There are generations yet unborn, whose very lives will be shifted and shaped by the moves you make and the actions you take...tonight. And tomorrow. And tomorrow night. And the next day. And the next. No matter your age, physical condition, financial situation, color, gender, emotional state, or belief...everything you do, every move you make, matters to all of us."
I like that. I think everyone wants their life to make an impact on the world around them. Sometimes we will see that impact, most of the time we won't, but that doesn't mean there is not an impact.
It is a good perspective to be reminded of.
The Noticer is filled with perspectives that are good to be reminded of.
So, if you want a quick read and a dose of perspective I think you will enjoy Mr. Andrews newest release.