Today's Affirmation - 12/29/2011

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December 29, 2011

Today I will choose to do whatever I think is valuable.  As the days that remain in 2011 go by, I will take advantage of opportunities that will enable me to sharply focus on the belief systems I have formed that determine my personal values. Last night I discovered this quaint and charming bookstore called the Book Carriage in Roanoke, Texas.

Once I stepped inside, I was reminded of how important it is to maintain a life balance - after all, I am only human. I have always been attracted to the arts, books, learning opportunities. Education is a lifetime process - it doesn't end with a diploma.

Almost immediately, I was transformed by the ambiance behind the front doors. This wasn't Barnes and Noble; it wasn't even a mini version of Borders that closed its doors in 2011. The Book Carriage opened up its doors three years ago. I discovered it yesterday and found it to be quaint, charming, homey, and stimulating as it freshened my outlook on how successful a small, unique business can be to an outsider.

As I meandered, I was reminded of the movie, "You've Got Mail," that starred Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. In the movie she owned her mother's book shop that was eventually put out of business because of the BIG competition that came to town. I thought about how intimidating it is to feel threatened. In the movie, she did surrender and like all good movies with happy endings, everyone felt good at the end.

In real life, 2011 brought challenges to many big businesses, homeowners, small business owners alike. I kept moving, kept looking, poking around the book store for inspiration.

On the second floor there was this wall of photographs from the local Elementary School created by the 5th GRADE PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB. Instantly I felt strengthened; inspired by hope for their future and mine plus every person born and raised in America or those who comes to America legally because they believe in the American Dream. From the moment we are born, we are met with disappointments and challenges. We become educated, the rich and the poor and we have opportunities to ride the waves when the blowing winds of disappointments come our way!

We seek knowledge and wisdom to have dreams BIG enough not to lose sight of  life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I value education, books that have been written by reputable authors, talented human beings who express themselves through the arts, the words that were written that have been proven to be true, and autobiographical accounts of people who lived with courage. 

What I like about the Book Carriage in Roanoke is how well it's put together. The floors are real wood. The books are organized. There are places to sit down and read. There's that feeling of being invited to come in and experience the things you value and embrace, such as life balance. The Book Carriage is a safe haven. It's a rest stop, a port of entry into the world of knowledge so that you can regroup, get recharged and energized.

Here you have choices. You can leave or you can stay. The choice is yours. I chose to stay and think about the things I value. I decided to broaden my knowledge by picking up a book and sitting down to enjoy a few passages. I was pleased they sold coffee, tea, and nutritious snacks. At the Book Carriage, I wasn't rushed. I could be myself. Plus, they served their coffee in real nice BIG ceramic coffee cups! Of course, if you prefer Styrofoam, you could have it.

 

I was asked to sit down, the food would be brought to me. I felt like a welcomed guest! The coffee was hot, fresh and flavorful! My dessert was scrumptious! At the table, I was surrounded by words of wisdom, knowledge, inspiration, and different philosophies about the good things in life.

I truly enjoyed my visit here at the Book Carriage. People came and people went. As I was enjoying my coffee, there was another Realtor in the shop meeting with a client. The Realtor talked non-stop. I never heard the voice of her clients. I learned a lot....

On the second floor I met a Teacher who showed me some of her own paintings on exhibit - we talked at length about the value of introducing children into the world of the arts. Children are our hope for the future. Honor them. Educate them. Respect them. Cherish them. Be a strong role model whenever you encounter children - they are the eyes, the ears, the heart and soul of what our nation and our world will be or could be.

It is the responsbility of every human being to design a better future and focus on plans that will get positive results. The place to begin is with ourselves. Today I will choose to do whatever I think is valuable.

© Photos by Patricia Feager on December 28, 2011; Written content by Patricia Feager on December 29, 2011.

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Hi Steve,

It was my pleasure! I'm glad so many people enjoyed it. Books are part of our American Culture - let's hope it never disappears from the way we know it. I appreciate the fact that technology expands our knowledge but there's atill a lot to be said for the basic fundamentals. Let us never forget, that some of the most profound thinkers of the world were also great writers and their words are in leather bound books and paperbacks too!

I've carried books in book bags. I balanced them on my head. I fell asleep with them studying for exams. I read them when I needed company or when I was sick in bed. Books - they are my constant companions I can't live without them. I love to visit book stores, like the Book Carriage in Roaonke! 

Dec 29, 2011 04:08 PM #21
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Patricia, what a wonderful rich review of a great bookstore. I bet it has that awesome "book smell". That alone would keep me there for a while.

Dec 29, 2011 04:11 PM #22
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Gerri, you touched my heart. I'm glad you took this journey with me. You made me feel like an actual writer! What a good feeling!

I appreciate the good thoughts you have for the success of the Book Carriage. It does make you feel right at home, doesn't it?

I'm so happy to read your comments. You're a treasure on ActiveRain and in the Real Estate profession!

Patricia

Dec 29, 2011 04:13 PM #23
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Hi Ellie,

It's the combination of new book smell, herbal tea and coffee with good aroma! Top it off with genuine peace and quiet and you have a place to call home - even it is for just a little while. It's a good place to visit and relax. Thanks Ellie!

Patricia

Dec 29, 2011 04:15 PM #24
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Patricia - this is such a wonderfully written post, it was almost like a treasured short story! I savoured every word as you described your experience at the Book Carriage in Roanoke, Texas - and felt a real pang of regret that these places are few and far between. You have described a place that is such an oasis of calm contentment - much different than the hurried Chapters/Starbucks situation we have in our town. 

I've found this affirmation to be very personal to me - thank you for sharing your Book Carriage experience!

 

 

Dec 29, 2011 05:08 PM #25
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America's small business is not dead and being taken over by the big retailers if so we as independent business owners would be out of business.  :)

Dec 29, 2011 10:21 PM #26
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Mary Yonkers
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Patricia--WHAT a discovery!  I wish we had run into each other at the Book Carriage.  It sounds like a wonderful place to meet a friend for conversation over coffee or tea or maybe just a good book.  Thank you for reminding me that I want to get back to reading again.

BTW  The Erie Book Store owner was retiring in 2011 and had not found a buyer until someone orginally from Erie, living in CA, read an article in Erie paper about the store closing.  Long story shortened:  he is now the proud owner of the Erie Book Store which I plan to visit in 2012.

Dec 29, 2011 11:32 PM #27
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You now have a new place to go at the Book Carriage Patricia, we all need to find special places where we can truly relax and think or whatever to unwind.  Have a great 2012.

Dec 30, 2011 01:19 AM #28
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Patricia, I was also immediately reminded of the movie.  the Book Carriage in Roanoke Texas and so many other similar businesses hold a huge appeal for me.  I'm not a fan of the larger impersonal big box stores, but in some areas our choices are limited and we have to make the best of things.  Anyway, I'll continue to support shops such as the Book Carriage because they take me back to a time when people were treated more as people and not just another dollar sign walking through the door.

Dec 30, 2011 01:57 AM #29
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Patricia what a beautiful store and was thinking the same that it reminded me of the Meg Ryan movie! Could feel our blood pressure going down just looking at the picture so can only imagine the feeling walking around the store!! Bet you found lots of good things there!

Dec 30, 2011 02:18 AM #30
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Karen, I've so enjoyed getting to know you on ActiverRain. Your follow-up emails were truly appreciated. You're a special person. We are all blessed to know you. Change is easy to talk about; hard to do. Finding that oasis is exactly what is needed. At the Book Carriage messages popped into my thoughts at various intervals about the value of books and education. I hope you find your oasis.

 

Dec 30, 2011 03:13 AM #31
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James, I think the hardest workers I know are small business owners. There's a certain type of passion when it's your own. I like to celebrate the anniversary of when I first got started because it represents a rebirth. The Book Carriage has been opened up for three successful years. I have a good feeling about them!

 

Dec 30, 2011 03:16 AM #32
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Mary, I feel like I've known you for years. You're always so warm and friendly. That's what I like about the people here on ActiveRain who take the time to post wonderful posts and write comments on what other people write about. Those that do, share a special bond.

I can't wait to read all about the new Book Store in Erie, PA. I hope you find some great books to cuddle up with by the fireplace or a nicely lit lamp. Good books are empowering!!!

Dec 30, 2011 03:20 AM #33
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Al, I was lucky. I hope you will be too. Everyone needs serenity and wisdom to guide them through life challenges. Books and people enhance the quality of our life!

Dec 30, 2011 03:21 AM #34
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Nick, I know exactly what you mean. When I walk into a store and feel like I'm just a dollar sign and not a person it makes me want to walk right out the door - I have done that! There's nothing worse than feeling like you're on display of some big surveillance set up or ponced on by sales clerks. A book store should be relaxing and comfortable. In the book stores it's easy to feel like you're lost in a warehouse that's cold and unwanted.

Give me a cozy book shop and treat me like I'm a person, and you have a loyal customer and referrals!

Dec 30, 2011 03:26 AM #35
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Al & Peggy,

I like the feeling you got just by reading my article. I think you're absolutely right - my blood pressure did go down along with the tension in my neck. We don't have to support chaos. We can find an oasis. Thinking is good for us! Wisdom is there - and so it has been written.

Dec 30, 2011 03:29 AM #36
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Lovely Patricia,

i feel so happy to read your adventure at the Bookcarriage in Roanoke  & I thank you so much for the pictures.

Yes! we will visit the carriage monthly for great insightfull discussions & you are welcome to bring new friends .

See you in January 2012 for always more & different,

Carpe Diem, Carina

Dec 30, 2011 05:23 AM #37
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Patricia--When I visit EBS I will take photos and write a post here.  I was thinking about it as I wrote this comment, but did not want to upstage you.

See you in the Rain in 2012 and beyond. 

Dec 30, 2011 06:05 AM #38
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Hi Patricia! The Book Carriage is exactly the kind of bookstore I love! I could get lost in there. Your pictures are wonderful!

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What an awesome little book store and I love the fact they support young people in their creative endeavors with the photo club.

 

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