The Next Chapter in the Book of Your Life

As a writer, I know that books are written in chapters for a reason. Chapters mark the place in the book where changes take place. They inform the reader that the story is moving and progress is being made.

In some of the books I read, chapters seem much too long. When there is no real movement in the story line, an excessively long chapter may tell us something. The author may be writing empty words because they cannot think of a way to move the story.

Each day we write another page in our own “book of life.” Like any other book, we write in chapters. Yet, some chapters may become excessively long.

In the life of a friend of mine, the chapters seem quite long. In our discussions, my friend knows when it is time to move to a new chapter and states many reasons for doing so without delay. That same friend knows the specific actions to take once into that fresh, new chapter. Yet, when we next meet, I find that friend is still living in the old chapter. You may have friends like that. You may be stuck in the same chapter yourself.

Chapter titles can range widely. Here are some candidates: children, education, career, life style, location, church, relationship, hobby, community service, retirement and end of life plan. Knowing when to begin a new chapter in the “book of life” is really important.

As always, these comments are written to serve as reminders to myself. I share them as they may have application in the lives of others.

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About authorbillramsey

During his forty-year professional career, Bill Ramsey wrote magazine articles and business newsletters. Now retired in the mountains of western North Carolina, he writes a blog and has published four books. Bill's 2015 collection of concise, real-life essays is titled "What Do YOU Think?" He has also written "Me Now - Who Next? (The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery)" and "Now That I Think About It. Bill's books and are available from and on all e-readers. See Follow Bill on Facebook at
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