I opened it, flipped through it, and read a few pages from the chapter on “How Tracy Austin Broke My Heart.” By the time I was done reading this excerpt and its subsequent pages, I was hooked and purchased the book.
In the midst of being mesmerized by Wallace’s wit, I heard someone sneeze ten to twelve feet to my right. I wanted to bless him. If I raised my voice a certain amount, to “Bless you,” he would’ve heard me. I didn’t say anything, though. He was twelve to fifteen inches too far away. Ten minutes later, he sneezed again. Once more, I thought about blessing him and ended up not saying anything.
Have you ever wanted to bless someone and ended up thinking too much and too long about whether or not you should that any decision to do so would’ve been silly? Or, if you’ve never thought about blessing a stranger who’s just sneezed, what about picking up something someone has dropped? Or, calling out to someone who’s just dropped something to alert them? Do you do it without a second thought or do you do a cost-benefit analysis before deciding?