Book Interpretation: “Hector Finds Time” by Francois Lelord
Considering the lifespan of a dog, estimated at ten to thirteen years, I already surpassed two dog generations with hopefully at least six more to come. –Or 40 more mice lives, three more horses or one more owl. Or not even one human life.
I like to believe that if my life is someone else’s dream, their bed would compare to the softness of a cloud: a cushioned mattress with a puffy blanket and an even puffier pillow all assembled in an ornamented wooden bedframe that would squeak with every movement. Looking like it belonged into a modern big-city soap, the nest escaped to a lonely lighthouse by the ocean. The sheets had already absorbed the salty smell of the air while in between them was the sand from the beach the wind had blown into the building. It appeared with each storm that howled at night, the tower reached up just a bit further, trying to scratch open the star cluttered skyline.
Yet, I believe that there are days, sometimes even weeks, where they must have left the nest and found a resting place next to a hectic highway.
These days, I feel the clock ticking in my stomach. Tick. Another 30 seconds to catch a thought and put it down to paper. Tock. Another 30 to capture the thought about a thought. Tick tock. That was already a minute. I happen to rush from one place to another even trying to schedule friends and family as if they were a business appointment. Yet, the hours in a day seem to be melting away like the pocket watches in Mr. Salvador Dali’s painting “The Persistence of Memory” from 1931.
Food for Thought
In “Hector’s Journey: Hector Finds Time” by French novelist and psychiatrist Francois Lelord, I chased the ticking of time with Hector to turn a fleeing moment into eternity. Hector provides 25 exercises to help gaining a better feeling for time. Here is what I scribbled down in my notebook:
- List everything that you thought you would do once you were grown up.
- Think about people and things in your life that you are not giving enough attention right now. Because one day, their present will have turned into past and then it will be too late.
- Note everything that makes you feel younger. Then, note everything that makes you feel older.
- If you come across an older person, try imagining them when they were young.
- Do you spend time with the attempt of changing things that can be changed? Do you try accepting what can’t be changed?
- If you want to appear young forever, try staying in the shade. (Candlelight might be okay, too.)
- If music was a symbol for time, what melody would your life have?
- If you were someone’s dream, where would they sleep?
- What defines a meaningful life to you?
“The more we share, the more we have.” –Leonard Nimoy
Full yet? Let me know your thoughts within the lifespan of a dragonfly below!
And maybe, just maybe, you will find that the present is eternal and everything and nothing at the same time.
Mr. Lelord’s novel “Hector Finds Time” is a great read as a time filler book because each chapter reads like a short story. I loved this book for its imaginative comparisons and light wit. Instead of being absorbed by the story, I felt that the author added a great dimension of self-reflection through the exercises. So that even with the book shut, your thoughts are still lingering in the story. Unfortunately, the second half is noticeably weaker than the first one as it turns into a more repetitive and monotone read. Three out of five.