PASS IT ON
Updated: Sep 18, 2019
Life - Take 2
Soon after the read of Metamorphosis began to make a difference in my life, I offered the tiny paperback to a friend who I thought might benefit from a similar enlightenment. When after months, she had not mentioned it, I asked, and she admitted that she hadn't read it.
"I keep putting it off because I read when I'm in bed, and the first page told me that the book is too heavy to attempt when I'm exhausted."
Fair enough. I know how busy her life has become,so I added that the story itself takes up only 58 pages of the tiny paperback, and that it might be worth tackling a couple of pages at a time before she gets into bed. (Kafka has been used in post secondary studies, hence the numerous pages of related notes.)
Assuring me that all she needs is a simple distraction from the stress, I'm left to accept that the catch 22 situation will continue until my friend is ready to look the cause of her stress square on and be prepared to deal with it.
The exchange prompted the chapter in Advent where Sonia is also seen opting to dull her senses as a strategy for coping with her problems - except that she uses martinis. For Sonia, the teacher ultimately comes in Michael, and, only when she was good and ready. By that experience, I stand reminded that there are many ways to try a door.