There are few books that have made me think, laugh, cry, AND tell everyone I know about it. But, this is one of them. If I could give Maybe You Should Talk To Someone, by Lori Gottlieb, six stars I would.
I listen to the The Soul-Ties Podcast and this was one of their book recommendations. I understand why. At first, I thought it was because I am a counselor, and I see many of the things mentioned in this book in my line of work. But, as I read more, I realized it can resonate with anyone because we are all humans longing for the Even if you are not a counselor or a therapist I believe you will resonate with this book. It is written to resonate with ANYONE.
Lori Gottlieb's portrayals of the characters were brought to life in such a three dimensional way, I couldn't help but be invested. I felt empathy for each of them—even the ones who, on the surface would seem hard to like.
I grabbed ahold of the notion that even the most difficult people want to be loved, understood, and accepted. This book reminded me that we all have a story and a background that explains why we do some of the things we do. I literally sat and cried while reading some of the chapters. In others, I would finish and realize I'd been smiling. Did I say this book was well written? Cause it was 😊.
Much of the book had me thinking about choices I have made, and to be honest, some I am making now. I learned a lot of lessons. I was also forced to revisit some things I have learned in the past, but I have obviously not been applying them in my life.
Here are some lessons I learned from this book:
We are all a work in progress. Give people some slack-- ESPECIALLY YOURSELF.
To live a life of freedom requires you to take the steps necessary to unlock your freedom. You hold the key.
Feelings come and go. All of them are normal to feel, but don't stay stuck in one.
Live, laugh, and ENJOY life. What each of these things looks like is different for everyone. Define them for yourself. Don't conform for others, at the end of the day, this is the only story of your life you get to edit.
Relationships in life don't end. Even if you never see or talk to the person again, they are still with you. Those relationships shape how you relate to yourself and others. (This lesson stood out most to me.)
There are so many notes and highlights I could give from this book, but I honestly do not think I could jot them all down. If you are looking for a great book that will trigger you to think about your own life and the truths within it, pick this one up. You will not be disappointed, but you will close the book with a different outlook on things if you open yourself up to it. If you decide to read the book or if you've read it before, leave a message in the comments.
Thanks for reading 😊