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Parting Words by Benjamin B. Ferencz
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it was amazing

I would say this is the perfect time to read this book, but any day would be the perfect time to read Parting Words.

Let me give you some context. First, my sister got me addicted to the Criminal podcast with Phoebe Judge (which led to a lot of podcast addictions, thank you very much). Not a bad thing with the wide variety of topics Phoebe covers, I’ve learned a lot. That’s where I discovered the delightful, irrepressible 101 year-old Benjamin B. Ferencz. Next, I read a profile of him on Deutsche Welle News. Then I discovered that he had a book coming out in December.

When anything—one—crosses my path three times, I tend to believe I should do something about it.

This short read is equal parts laughter-evoking and tear-inducing. Words to live by, “This is the first and foremost lesson. If you have a dream, whether it’s to change your career, to found a charity, to get fit, to apply for a new job, or to climb a mountain, don’t let the fact that your peers haven’t done it, or that there are obstacles in your way, hold you back. Man walked on the moon. With the right level of faith and commitment, you can achieve anything you want to.”

What would it take to instill that tidbit in every child? Don’t show them their limitations, show them their possibilities.

I could quote a lot of this book, but would rather advise you to read it. You won’t be disappointed. My parting thoughts on Parting Words, “Long-term happiness comes from fulfillment, which will look different to all of us. It might be having a grand purpose, like saving the world. It might be a vow to be kinder to those around you.” At sixty years my senior, I’m taking Mr. Ferencz’s words to heart.
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Reading Progress

January 17, 2021 – Started Reading
January 17, 2021 – Shelved
January 17, 2021 – Shelved as: to-read
January 22, 2021 – Finished Reading

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