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May the Force Be With You

Bette Midler tries to slurp the life force out of the main character in the movie “The Witches.”   James Redfield in The Celestine Prophecy warns of interactions that can diminish the life force. A recent survey noted that the most popular television is the reality show – talk about sucking out the life force of viewers.

Do some books wear you out? Are they books you feel compelled to read to adjust your view of the world like Friedman’s Hot, Flat, and Crowded? To confirm some looming doom like Kessler’s The End of Overeating?

Sometimes the old life force needs some help. You may seek out people who give you this – not necessarily the Pollyannas and never the perennial complainers. You may avoid watching the news for a few days.  When you interact with certain people, the world seems a better place, the conversations are energized, you feel like getting up and going (and not back to bed).

Some books are like that too. You may know by the first few pages that a book is going to take you somewhere good, will uplift your spirit, strengthen your life force. And it does.

Laughing helps – especially when it’s laughing at yourself. Lily Tomlin brought Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe to life on stage and in a movie, but reading the scripted book may bring you back to Laugh-In or Saturday Night Live.

If you think you are having a bad day, check out The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (also a movie) based on a BBC radio series. You might even want to read the other 4 books in the series.

Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Gardner is a great antidote to taking anything too seriously, as are children’s books. Ever read Roald Dahl’s The Witches? Not at all like the movie and much funnier – with the author’s sly undercurrent of politics for those who know him – but just as pleasurable without the inferences.

Which books do you turn to when you need a life force supplement?