“The Gift” by Cecelia Ahern

One man’s lesson is another man’s tale, but often, a man’s tale can be another’s lesson

“A lesson finds the common denominator and links us all together, like a chain. At the end of that chain dangles a clock, and on the face of the clock the passing of time is registered. We hear it, the hushed tick-tock sound that breaks any silence, and we see it, but often we don’t feel it. Each sound makes its marks on every single person’s life; comes and then goes, quietly disappearing without fanfare, evaporating into air like steam from a piping hot Christmas pudding. Enough time leaves us warm; when our time is gone, it too leaves us cold.”

    (Excerpt from the book)


Sometimes life becomes too hard. Sometimes it’s difficult to pick one when there are two or more choices; probably because we can’t decide what is more important in life. The Gift is a story about a man, Lou Suffern, who is dealing with similar difficulties. Every day he battles with the clock; juggling his time as he always has to be at two places at the same time. His family commitments keep conflicting with his work commitments and Lou just couldn’t cope up well. But when he meets Gabe, a homeless man who sits outside his office building, Lou’s life takes a drastic turn and suddenly he sees what has been missing from his life. Gabe gave Lou a gift which not only helped him in understanding what was truly important in his life but it also enabled him to discover who he  really was.

Cecelia Ahern with this light-hearten yet so mesmerizing book places a question in front of us that “If we could wish for one gift, what it would be?” And we cannot make the right choice about this until and unless we know what is truly important in our lives. She impels us to think whether we are using our time in doing something which is actually significant or something which only seems to be significant. Because time, is just too precious to be wasted; time should only be utilized for doing things that are really worthy. Cecelia has been pretty successful in communicating the importance and value of time through this heart-warming story. Here are few lines from the book which conveys the value of time:

Time is more precious than gold, more precious than diamonds, more precious than oil or any valuable treasures. It is the time that we do not have enough of; it is time that causes the war within our hearts, and so we must spend it wisely. Time can’t be given. But it can be shared.”

After reading this book I also figured out what is actually important in my life. But I also realized that Lou Suffern is just not an imaginary character from this book. The truth is that he is very much real as he exists in all of us. It is just not his story but it is our story too. Often we spend all our lives doing something which we thought was really important. But by the time we learn about our mistake, it’s already too late because time doesn’t wait for anyone and time which has passed can’t ever come back.

I strongly recommend to read this. Trust me, it will really change the way you deal with time and yes it will definitely change how you see life.

P.S.  If you are a family person, you should read it and if you aren’t really that type then believe me…you MUST read it.