A Blog a Day in May

The Soft Girl and The Book

The brownie is delicious. The coffee is fine.

And, for the first time in a good little while, I am at a cafe, sinking into a booth seat, quietly reflecting on the peace of it all.

I’m the soft girl today. She’s the part of me that I choose—quite fiercely so—because the soft girl is anything but soft. She’s gentle and kind, and yet she’s capable and strong. And she’s safe, the part of me that feels most like ‘home’.

She made me buy a book, today, the soft girl did. It’s beautiful. A paperback, with a silvery-white cover and the title: Women Who Run With The Wolves: Contacting the Power of The Wild Woman, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. A quote from Maya Angelou decorates the bottom. It says: ‘Everyone who can read should read this book.’

The book had whispered to me from the shelf—or, perhaps the soft girl had whispered me to it, I can’t be entirely certain. And even though it was only visible via the spine, I plucked it quickly from its little cave and read the blurb.

I wasn’t going to buy a book. It wasn’t on my radar, not at all. But as soon as I read what this beautiful, silvery book was about…the soft girl touched me and began whispering me her careful words: ‘This book will change your life.’

So.

I bought it. It sits beside me, in my laptop bag, waiting for me to breathe it in— which I will do tonight, as soon as I have found a cup of steaming tea and a nice big blanket.

I suppose it might be a wonderful book.

And, if it is, if the whispers of the soft girl were true in all their wistfully tender encouragement…my life is about to change.

I’d imagine that might be a very nice thing.

potted succulent plants on the bookshelf
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7 thoughts on “The Soft Girl and The Book”

  1. I love wandering around bookshops, and picking up random books that catch my eye. I’ve wondered in the past how that transaction happens – does the book call you, or are you called to the book ?

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    1. Yes. It’s the strangest thing, isn’t it! I guess we’ll never know. I’ve just been reading the book and it turns out it is about the deeper essence of women that tends to be lost in the noise of culture, life etc. That essence within me is the ‘soft girl’ I referred to within this post! Ha ha ha. Too funny. The magic of the universe will never cease to amaze me. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Jason! It’s a wonderful book so far. 🙂 I’ve always been intrigued by psychoanalisis (Freud, Jung…those types) and this one goes quite deeply into all that stuff. So good!

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      1. It’ll very likely feed into my blog posts, without me even realising it. Such is the wonder of the human mind! 🙂

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