Gratitude by Oliver Sacks

This collection of four essays written by the late Dr Sacks is one finished in a breath – so compelling a read that one finds her heart palpitating at the end of it, and hoping for more of his words.

It is also a book I wish to gift to my family and friends closest to me, for its wisdom is never too early or late to learn. 

I shall but quote shortly:”I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written.”

His ruminations about life – of what it means to have lived – inspire one to be nervous about living. Are we living fully? Are we living consciously and honestly (to ourselves)? 

Will we be filled with gratitude when our time is up?

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