“Life is brushing your teeth or making a sandwich or watching the news or waiting for the bus.” from: Toni Jordan, ‘Addition’

One of these wonderful, wonderful things about summer breaks is being able to just being able to sit in the fresh summer air, reading, reading and …wait…reading. I finished a book which at first I found…” a little too strenous  but unique” but it totally grew on me…  It’s “Addition” by Toni Jordan.


On the last page, Grace, the main character says something really heartbreakingly insightful to her niece, it went into my “favourite quotes Notebook” right away:

“Most people miss their whole lives, you know.  Listen, life isn’t when you are standing on top of a mountain looking at a sunset.  Life isn’t waiting at the alter or the moment your child is born or that time you were swimming in a deep water and a dolphin came up alongside you.  These are fragments.  10 or 12 grains of sand spread throughout your entire existence.  These are not life.  Life is brushing your teeth or making a sandwich or watching the news or waiting for the bus.  Or walking.  Every day, thousands of tiny events happen and if you’re not watching, if you’re not careful, if you don’t capture them and make them COUNT, your could miss it.  You could miss your whole life.”  
―     Toni Jordan,     Addition    


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2 thoughts on ““Life is brushing your teeth or making a sandwich or watching the news or waiting for the bus.” from: Toni Jordan, ‘Addition’

  1. Great quote. I’m in the middle of writing a post about a similar theme and keep finding quotes to back up my ideas! I love reading in the sun too; I just finished {in about 3 hours?!} Brida by Paulo Coelho. I do love his lyrical writing style. I reread The Alchemist as well last week; I never get tired of it.

    • Hey Tara, oh, and I just started “The Fifth Mountain” by Coelho. isn’t this funny? I did read Brida, too, several times even and I liked it, even have the Audio book of it (yessss, I am a big fan of listening to Audio books. It’s like being a child again and getting read to, you know?) Maybe I should take The Alchemist with me on the upcoming trip.
      You have a new profile pic, don’t you? Looking forward to your post.

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