Framing the Dialogue

Posts Tagged ‘meaning of life’

It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It

The popular series Chicken Soup For the Soul was first published in 1993 and everybody probably bought at least three copies.  I, like many others eagerly read the first book, sort of read the next one, but that was the end.  With over 100 titles in the series, I am betting that most folks do not buy them for themselves, but as gifts for others. 

Robert Fulghum’s book, It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It,  predates the Chicken Soup series and in my mind is better.  I love the fact that, except for the first story, these were based on his experiences.  The stories compiled by Mr. Fulghum are his stories.  Some great, the rest good and maybe even one not so good (the title story was my least favorite). 

The Five People You Meet In Heaven

“This book is dedicated to Edward Beitchman, my beloved uncle, who gave me my first concept of heaven, Every year, around the Thanksgiving table, he spoke of a night in the hospital when he awoke to see the souls of his departed loved ones sitting on the edge of the bed, waiting for him.  I never forgot that story.  And I never forgot him.

Everyone has an idea of heaven, as do most religions, and they should all be respected.  The version represented here is only a guess, a wish, in some ways, that my uncle, and others like him – people who felt unimportant here on earth – realize, finally, how much they mattered and how they were loved.”