Am I making a difference? Does my life matter? "How can I make a difference when some days I can't even find my keys?" asks award-winning author Leslie Parrott. "I've never been accused of being methodical, orderly, or linear. So when it came to considering my years on this planet, I did so without a sharpened pencil and a pad of paper. Instead, I walked along Discovery Beach just a few minutes from our home in Seattle. "Strange, though. All I seemed to ever bring home from my walks on the beach were little pieces of sea glass. Finding these random pieces eventually became a fixation. And, strangely, with each piece I collected, I felt a sense of calm. What could this mean? What was I to discover from this unintentional collection?" In this poignant and vulnerable book, Leslie shows you how each hodgepodge piece of your life, no matter how haphazard, represents a part of what you do and who you are. While on the surface none of these pieces may seem to make a terribly dramatic impact, Leslie will show you how they are your life and how when they are collected into a jar - a loving human heart - they become a treasure.
Table of Contents
contents acknowledgments 9 prelude 11 a narrow path 15 discovery beach 25 the grinding stone 33 my head is in the dirt 45 squashed cabbage leaves 57 dream venti 67 interlude 83 sea glass 85 band of sisters 93 star and starfish 103 web of connection 115 playing games 127 martha clay 137 0310245982_youmater.indd 7 2/28/06 9:40:06 AM interlude 145 human touch 147 ultimate good 155 whisper test 163 too late? 173 anyway 183 interlude 197 compassionate witnesses 199 only seeds 211 barking pig 219 a rare road 229 postlude 235 notes 237