HOW TO SEE THE WORLD Part 1: What Made Me Put On My Rose-Colored Glasses This Week!

Can you tell I’ve been feeling saggy lately? Go figure (says the rest of the world who are also feeling saggy.)

Last week, something happened that made it worse.

I got my husband his dream Christmas gift this year, a little Sharing Library. (It’s like a Little Free Library. Ours is from the same family but a different company, hence “Sharing Library.) It’s been up for six months, and we restock it every week or so. It had just reached the point where people were adding as many books as were taken. Yay!!

Then one morning, my husband sent me this picture while I was at my studio:

No more books :-{Yup. Someone had taken ALL of our books. (Turns out the two remaining were actually left by a neighbor’s kiddo, who saw that they were all gone and generously added two of theirs. Love love love you Nova!)

My heart went to a sad place. Who would do such a thing?? And WHY???

I checked in with NextDoor, and with a Facebook group of fellow Little Free Library members in Santa Rosa.  At least two other people said this had happened to them, too. People shared their thoughts:


Was it someone with a mental health issue?

Was it someone who thought “free” meant “take ’em all!”??

Was it someone who realized they could resell them to a used bookstore???

Fortunately, I’d stockpiled some books to move on, and half-filled the library again. But it left me in a bit of a huff. As in, do something kind and look what happens! Ugh.

And then the light poured in.

Someone in the FB group offered to bring us more books. Someone else did, too. Soon we were swamped with offers of books.

One person brought theirs over immediately, and totally restocked the box. I met another person who meant to do the same, and gave me their box to store. More people did the same. Soon people from NextDoor chimed in, too.

Dozens of people offered books, brought books, left books on our porch, and left books on THEIR porch for me to pick up.

We now have enough extra books to fill up that library for months!

So one tiny act of greed/misunderstanding/poopiness resulted in hundreds of words and actions of kindness and generosity.

So what do I want to hold onto this week?

An empty giving library?

Or a little world of good deeds?

Yup. You guessed it!

If this lifts YOUR heart today, too, then I’ve done my work for the day….

When good people do good things.


Author: Luann Udell

I find it just as important to write about my art as to make it. I am fascinated by stories. You can tell when people are speaking their truth--their eyes light up, their voices become strong, their entire body posture becomes powerful and upright. I love it when people get to this place in their work, their relationships, their art. As I work from this powerful place in MY heart, I share this process with others--so they have a strong place to stand, too. Because the world needs our beautiful art. All of it we can make, as fast as we can! Whether it's a bowl, a painting, a song, a garden, a story, if it makes our world a better place, we need to do everything in our power to get it out there.

6 thoughts on “HOW TO SEE THE WORLD Part 1: What Made Me Put On My Rose-Colored Glasses This Week!”

    1. Struggling to remember this as I have to make sooooo many changes to my travel schedule today, and yes, reminding myself that there are still people who care. Thank you for the reminder!


  1. It’s the truth and hard to do with the PILING ON aspects of today, I’m afraid.

    But today I read a thought: that it’s hard to be negative or sad counting your own blessings. ________________________________

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    1. It always sounds sappy, but what you read is TRUE. When we realize the things that are going RIGHT in our life, we can literally count our blessings and be grateful for what we already have. Tiny everyday miracles add up! Thanks for sharing your thoughts today.


  2. We have a street library outside our fence too. We built it from discarded scraps in the neighbourhood, at a time when libraries were closed and people were in isolation due to Covid. The street library is decorated with kitsch bits and pieces from a deceased estate, it has memories of a much-loved community member in her butler wine-bottle holder (now holding a block of wood painted to look like a book). I stitched a face mask onto the butler (he has to obey the law too!) and found some discarded silk flowers which became part of the decorations, a generous Victorian bouquet on the mantelpiece.

    All shops were closed for months. Even bookshops. Only grocery stores were open. We were not allowed to visit people (unless it was a family member needing care). One household member only, could leave home to shop for food, and only from the nearest store. My neighbour was going spare with nothing new to read.

    I’ve never had to worry about not having enough books in there. I’ve not had the library completely cleaned out (unusual). My problem is making room for new books, and people leaving books against the door so they fall out into the rain (of which we have far too much at the moment).

    I love books, but in this town, people tend to each have too many. The punishment for swiping all the books would be — having too many books.

    So for me, an empty street library would be a golden opportunity to shift a few more from my own collection that I’m happy to never read again. Happy to share.

    And I’d have to be quick about it. There are a few neighbours I have my eye on who would be fast to fill the street library with THEIR book overload at the first chance.

    I’m happy to know you have a street library too. I also use mine to share on any garden produce such as fresh herbs, cuttings, etc. Also clean empty jars for people wanting to make jam. It’s a gathering point (Covid-safe).


    1. Wow, Helen, thank you for sharing your own experience and thoughts about your street library! I’m delighted your town has so many readers, and that your issue is having too many books. What a great problem to have! Fortunately, we now have that “problem”, thanks to the kindness and generosity of other little library owners and people who have access to tons of books they can donate to them. I also have other offerings available, such as DVDs, magazines, the occasional puzzle or toy for kids, etc. It’s wonderful to be able to share our love of books with others.

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