Friday, November 13, 2015
Sky Lantern by Matt Mikalatos
I'm pretty sure that the majority of us have heard the phrase "One man's trash, another man's treasure." Well, Sky Lantern is more of a story of one man's trash becomes the same man's treasure.
One morning, Mikalatos picked up a piece of trash from the end of his drive, he discovered that it was a sky lantern with a simple message of "Love you, Dad. Miss you so much. Steph." As Mikalatos pondered on this simple message, he felt compelled to write Steph a letter, but since he had no idea who she was or where she lived, he put her letter on the internet to share with the world. You can read it here. The letter went viral. So viral that it found Steph thousands of miles away.
So how is it that this trash became treasure? As Mikalatos shares in this book, it changed the way that he interacted with his daughters, becoming more intentional of leaving a love note for each of them. The trash also became treasure in that it lead him to a rich relationship with Steph.
This book is a wonderful reminder that we shouldn't keep our love for others to ourselves, assuming that our thoughts are sufficient. We can express it in small every day ways as well as capturing it in letters written to them (there are some tips in the book).
The overarching message that I got from the book is that terrible crappy things happen to us and to those we love, but that doesn't mean that the love stops. Love always perseveres.
A copy of this book was given to me for the purpose of review. I'm never required to give positive feedback.