The Year We Turned Forty

How many times have you asked yourself the “What If” narrative? “Had I only done ____…”, “Had I only first _____…”, “Had I only asked ______…” “Had I only said ______…” (the examples are endless).  And much of the rumination around what we should have or could have done differently, rests on the belief that the end results would have been different – in most cases better.

In this captivating book of fiction, we are challenged to re-think the assumption that we could have changed a result by going back in time and doing something different. The dots don’t connect that easily and the lines aren’t drawn that straight.

I was thinking about what book to recommend with some of us in quarantine and others sitting nervously waiting. This is a great read to relax the mind and remind us that we can only re-write history so much – even with 20/20 hindsight. More important is to accept the complexity of life as we learn from the past while living in the present.

In conclusion, Bertrant Russell said so eloquently “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.” (One of my favorite quotes by far!).

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