Although I have enjoyed many books throughout the years, I would have to say my most favorite book of all time is Homer’s The Odyssey. I read it from start to finish about ten years ago. What I love most about it is the combination of action, adventure, romance, and philosophical stances to it. It’s a love story about a man lost at sea, ending up prisoner on an island. His wife awaits his return home, regardless what others say about how she should remarry. It’s about having enough faith and belief in something greater than oneself.
I remember the very first time I read the book. I was sitting on my bed, when I opened the book to the very first page. I was so enthralled by the writing, in particular, the foot meter. Aside from being a love story, the book is poetry, and philosophy.
I believe it is the best book to ever be written.
My second favorite book of all time is Dante’s Inferno. It tells about one mans struggle in life so painful, he delves into the deepest darkest depths of Hades, then enters purgatory, and then paradise. I believe it is a tale of self discovery. It’s about a man’s journey towards finding himself and finding meaning in his own life.
Throughout the course of anyone’s life there are stumbling blocks along the way. It comes in many forms of adversity, whether they be financial or business setbacks, grief over death of a loved one, or a traumatic experience an individual has endured in his or her life, bringing man into the darkest times in his life. Sometimes the road seems so long inside his darkened tunnel, it seems like the light would never come.
While traveling along on his darkened journey, man often loses hope, and wants to give up on himself and on life. However, there is always something deep inside him compelling him not to give up. It’s a special force tugging him along, pivoting him from one journey branching out into another, very much like what Mr. Jeff Goins talks about.
When all seems lost and the door closes, there are always other options available in life. We just need to know where to find them.
In Homer’s The Odyssey, throughout the agonizing years Odysseus is being held prisoner by an evil siren on an island. He never gives up hope of returning to his wife, and son. He plots his own escape. When the time comes, he defeats the evil siren, and leaves the island successfully making his way back home to his wife and son, because he never gave up hope, no matter his adversity.
When all seems lost in life, the light at the end of the darkness can never be too far away. It’s always there, but sometimes the struggle is longer than another’s when it comes to reaching the light.
In both stories, Homer’s The Odyssey, and Dante’s Inferno, the protagonists and heroes endure much adversity. However, prolonged their suffering and struggle, both Odysseus and the hero in Dante’s Inferno pushed on through the dark times and adversity, because of their strong faith they would make it through and survive their hardships.
© Copyright, Kiki Stamatiou, 2015