PASCO -- With a flourish, author Garth Stein scribbled the words, “Your car goes where your eyes go!” between the pages of his New York Times bestseller.
As I stepped away with my freshly signed book to read the brief statement — and the theme woven throughout The Art of Racing in the Rain — I was reminded once again to look at life differently.
This philosophy resonated last night while listening to Stein, the Mid-Columbia Lit Fest 2012 guest speaker, prior to the book signing. During the presentation he engaged and encouraged the attendees to look ahead with eyes — and one’s heart — focused in thoughtful day by day living.
Could we let go of our past mistakes or another’s misstep, the writer asked us? In conversation can we hear another’s “story” without jockeying to steal their moment? And that goal we’re racing toward, will we persevere when life’s curves discourage?
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With humor and hope, Garth Stein spoke about the obstacles he faced when he sent The Art of Racing in the Rain manuscript to his agent — and many others afterward — who saw no possibility for a story about a race car driver narrated by a dog. But one agent eventually did — and that’s the rest of the story.
Enzo, the loveable mixed breed Labrador retriever has captured the hearts of countless readers, myself included. The lessons in love, acceptance, perseverance and hope are what many of us learned at our mother’s knee. This time, we’re reminded of them through the eyes of a loving and wise dog who teaches us about being human.
It’s an uplifting book that made me laugh, and sometimes cry; one that stays in your heart long after the final chapter. And the handwritten line quoted from the story, “Your car goes where your eyes go!” speaks volumes about living life: Let the past go. Look forward purposely with unconditional love and hope.