Racing in The Rain, Chapters 1-10
As I read the first few chapters of our Winter Book Club selection, my 14 ½ year old Boston Terrier was splayed over my lap snoring loudly as tears made their way down my cheeks to dampen the pages of the book. I had to wonder if my Fiona, now struggling with arthritis and cataracts, ever had thoughts like those of Enzo, the narrator of our story; I swear that she has understood at least some of the conversations I have had with her over our years together. And I wondered how she viewed our time together and how she would tell the story of her life with me. I have to believe that she views me with the same reverence that Enzo ascribes to Denny, for as far as I can tell she has not only forgiven but perhaps even refused to acknowledge every annoying personality trait, mistake or major life screw-up that falls under my possession. Or, perhaps she, like Enzo, embodies the same wisdom of forgiveness that most consciously driven humans strive for, “…memory is time folding back on itself. To remember is to disengage from the present.” In other words, perhaps our pets judge us based only on who we are in the moment, practicing the definitive act of forgiveness: when the moment of transgression is gone, so is the transgression.
“…that which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves.” Enzo gleans this life lesson from listening to Denny talk about racing and then puts the philosophy into practice. In a scene that could be taken from new thought movies like What the Bleep or The Secret, Enzo realized that by changing his mood and energy he could effect a change in his relationship with Eve. Like a race car driver, Enzo possessed a deep knowing that we are each masters of all that surrounds us. Do you hold the knowing that your perceptions and thoughts create your life story and are you able to live from this knowing? Did reading these first few chapters of Enzo’s story inspire you to embrace this philosophy? Have you ever tried mindfully changing how you show up in life to see how life will then show up for you? What other aspects of Enzo’s story in these first few chapters did you find meaningful?
I look forward to reading your thoughts and perceptions on these first few chapters.