I'm sure you've heard this before, but it's true. I never realized that a book about friendship could change the way I approach my life and my relationships. And this is important why? Well, because every business is based on the kind of relationships we build. No one wants to be "sold" and not many of us want to purchase anything of importance from someone we don't know, trust or feel comfortable with.
Just to clarify, the book "Seeking Girlfriend for Lonesome George" was originally written as a children's story, but after being translated into English it appeals more to adults, as well as the young at heart. It also leaves the reader with a wonderful lifelong message about hope and friendship. The illustrations were so wonderfully crafted; they vividly made the story quite enchanting.
So, let me tell you the background of this book and why it impressed me so much. The story is based on a famous tortoise; his name was George, "Lonesome George" to be exact because we (as humans) could not find a suitable mate to extend his species and he was the last surviving tortoise of his kind. George lived on the Galapagos Islands, a place that is well-known for their native species. I'm losing sight of the story, but I wanted to clarify what he represents and the importance of his existence. In his quest to find the "love of his life" he meets a blue-footed booby bird whose point of view is where the story is told. This is where the story really shines, as it shows how friendships grow... and change our outlook on everything.
What I love about the book is that some of the characters are based on real-life tortoises and there is a part where the booby birds befriend "Diego", who is a tortoise that once lived at the San Diego Zoo. This story made for a most enjoyable trip to our local zoo where I was able to see the Galapagos tortoises that live there and as a result, a trip to the Galapagos Islands is on my bucket list now.
In conclusion, I don't really want to spoil the rest of the story for you, but if you want to read the book, you can find more information at this link or you can make a "Title purchase suggestion" at your local library or on their website.
The tortoise picture above was taken at the San Diego Zoo in the Galapagos exhibit.