Perhaps it’s impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.

Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game

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One More Moment

How awesomeWe all experience days we can’t figure out which way is up.
When we wonder just what it is we’re meant to do with this life.
When we think the stinging, smarting pain of failure might never leave us in peace.
When we assume, by looking around us, that we’re not good enough, smart enough, beautiful enough, talented enough, or just plain enough.
When we feel we must be the only ones struggling with this particular brand of “not enough.”

But every single day we can stop, take a deep breath and appreciate this moment for what it is – one more moment on this planet.

What are you going to do with this moment?

Book #6

enders gameFrom Goodreads:

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.

Ender’s Game is the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Why This Book: I’ve recently signed onto an amazing science fiction project called Reality Breaks with Charles Barouch of HDWP Books. I’ve had Ender’s Game on my shelf for an embarrassingly long time and decided that while I’m getting myself ready to launch into the shared world of Reality Breaks, it was past time to check this book off my “to read” list.