I’ve been reading The Librarian of Auschwitz and seem to be taking a lot of inspiration from the book. Antonio Iturbe has written some wonderful lines (that have been beautifully translated by Lilit Zekulin Thwaites) and here is another nugget of wisdom from the book.
The protagonist, Dita Klaus, asks one of the teachers of Block 31, the clandestine school in the Family Camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, about becoming one of their “walking books”. There are only 8 actual books in the tiny library that Dita keeps hidden in the barrack, but the other teachers, who are storytellers, are the “walking books”.
We are all storytellers. We all have stories to tell. The narratives in our head dictate how we go about our lives and shape the stories we tell.
Our lives are books full of stories. We have the opportunity each day to write more of the story of our lives. There are people out there who want to hear our stories. We just have to find our tribe and find the others who want to listen.
What story will you write or tell today?