Friday, October 12, 2012

Enchanting Ella: Trashy Treasure

"dream of being some form of Cinderella some day..."
- Enchanting Ella

I was reminded this weekend how one person’s “trash” can be another’s “treasure” depending on what their personal needs are at the time.  

I was sitting in my house and heard some banging noises outside.  Peeking out the window, I found a man digging through my pile of what I considered “trash” that needed to go away.  He carefully sifted through it all to find every metal piece I had tossed out.  Once he was finished, he moved on to the next pile down the street. 
In the literary world, this phrase also seems to ring true.  

As I began reading again at the ripe old age of 40, I found myself basing my book choices on the reviews of others.  I came to find that the reviews sometimes didn’t do a book justice.  This leads me to my correlation of “One Person’s Trash is Another’s Treasure.”  

What I might consider to be only a 1, 2 or 3 star review may be another person’s 4 or 5 star review.  In reviewing books, everyone should consider the fact that just because you may not have liked the book doesn’t mean that another person wouldn’t enjoy the story or find something different in the characters than you did.  

That’s the beauty of it.  What I consider to be a “man hunk” may not be the same as what my friend April attracts to, although I’d love to prove to her that my choice of “man hunk” is much better than what she chooses.

I guess my other point of this post is to remind everyone in all that we read– diversity is there.  Embrace your choices.  Own them.
We should never be embarrassed by what we choose.  I’ll never forget the look on a friend’s face when I told her that I started reading romance books.  It was almost as hilarious as my face was when I realized that man was digging through my trash pile.  

I think she might have thought I'd start learning some racy new positions or take up an interest in BDSM.  If I decide to try a few of the intriguing positions, who's to say they are wrong?  
Keep it real!  Read what you like and what speaks to you.  Just make sure you give it a fair review and let others be their own judge. 

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  1. you said it 'Ella ~ this is a fine platform for you and your positive energy. you are one of the rare few that makes my very favorite quote come to life: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” The last two lines are the best :) xoxo

  2. Thank you Kame!! I appreciate the response!

  3. Thank you Daina - that is one awesome quote! Spoken so well. I appreciate your response and for taking time to read my blog.


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