My brother-in-law turns 50 this weekend. So, in his honor, please pick up your nearest book or whatever book you’re currently reading, and turn to page 50 and then share the first 50 words with the rest of us. (Do feel free to round this off, to stop and start with complete sentences, though.)
I am currently in the middle of reading the book Showing Up for Life: Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime by Bill Gates Sr. (father of Bill "Trey" Gates, the famous co-founder of Microsoft and also co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). So far, I am really enjoying reading the stories that he shares, which are truly words of wisdom coming from a man who raised one of the most admirable billionaires in the world. Turning back to page 50, I see a letter he shares written by his now late wife to her future daughter-in-law.
Here is what he writes:
I remember helping Mary prepare a toast to Trey and Melinda that took the form of a letter to Melinda, based on the wedding vows. We cherish a picture of her delivering the toast, looking vibrant and beautiful.
Here is Mary's letter:
In just a few hours you will be married and you and I will share the same name!
Although Bill and I have been married forty-two years, we continue to learn what it means to be married.
OK, I know that was far more than the first 50 words, but I wanted to at least finish the introduction to the heartfelt letter, which continues on with a list of lessons that Mary imparts to Melinda, and which I think anyone who is about to be married should be told. Basically she explains what it means to be a true partner to your spouse, and how being committed is one of the most important things ever. The idea of being serious about your life's commitments is something that Mr. Gates emphasizes throughout his book. If you would like to read more, I recommend you pick up a copy of this book pronto! :) I'm looking forward to finishing it myself, and it seems to be one of those books that could be enjoyed time and again.
How about you? What are the first 50 words on page 50 in the book you're currently reading? Feel free to share!