“Like a serpent easing up his spine and wrapping itself around his throat, it wasn’t a quick, devastating attack, but a slow, gripping realization that life, as he knew it, was over. He was forty-six years old. He had no job. He had no money. He had no purpose.”
Driving to nowhere in a patched up used car after losing his part-time job loading trucks at a hardware store, David Ponder stops and attempts to pray. With what he considers no result from his prayer, he starts to drive again with the thought of suicide in his mind, culminating in a head-on collision with a tree by the roadside.
Though a half-dozen years older than Ponder, the protagonist of Andy Andrews’ The Traveler’s Gift, I had instant empathy with Ponder and his predicament, having recently closed my business of twenty plus years due to the recession and taking an hourly position at a local factory to put food on the table. I thought to myself – that could be me he is describing.
In a coma, Ponder visits seven historical figures that each impart a life lesson to him. He titles these lessons ‘Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success.’ Readers may find different elements that hit-home. My personal epiphanies while reading the book were “choose to be happy,” and “forgive yourself and others.” A close friend keyed in on “have a decided heart.” According to your current life situation, different points discussed by these historic figures may prove influential in guiding you in your attempt to overcome whatever obstacle may currently lie in your life’s path.
This thought provoking read will give you pause for inter reflection.