The purpose of life, says Uncle Joseph, is “To place one foot ahead of the other!” The walk as metaphor for life. As we read this little book with its impressionistic … touches, we join Uncle Joseph on his morning walks and step lightly into his extraordinary world, in which the only thing that matters is the present moment. Uncle Joseph breathes counsel in answer to the questions the young girl asks on our behalf. Turning the last page, after some days or some months, we’ll want to begin the walks with Uncle Joseph once more, to become more deeply suffused with his wisdom; timeless, yet anchored in the present moment. By the end we will have understood that what is important is not the purpose, but the walk itself.
Walking Into Moments, Sophia Tellen (English)
Walking Into Moments is a memoir in the form of fifteen short stories that relate the author’s encounters with her old uncle as he passes on his wisdom and mystical knowledge during their daily walks in the fragrant sunshine of the French Riviera. Each true story recounts a treasured moment of joy and trust, as two beings come to terms with the nature of human existence, freedom and relationships. The simple, dynamic and vivid narrative style, along with lively characters and delightful full color illustrations, makes it accessible to a wide range of readers and conveys wisdom in a fairy-tale manner. Uncle Joseph’s keys and tools will stay with one. These insightful stories are little gems; moments of wisdom and delight; fun to read and yet profound. Sophia Tellen writes with her life. She has a wonderful gift to see the little, the important and the ridiculous all in the same thing. Easy to read in spare moments, this illustrated book is sure to give pleasure and draw you out to tell your own unique story.