Inspiration For Life's Challenges: Cheryl Strayed's Tiny Beautiful Things
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Inspiration For Life’s Challenges: Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things

Published on October 13, 2015 12:00 AM EST

Need inspiration and guidance while facing life’s challenges? Look no further than Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar. Strayed is the author of the equally inspirational bestseller, Wild: From Lost to Found on The Pacific Crest Trail which led to a recent blockbuster movie starring Reese Witherspoon.

Tiny Beautiful Things covers everything from believing in yourself to letting go to love and recovering from tragedy. Interspersed with lighter issues and a heavy dose of love, this advice column style book is the perfect read for anyone needing comfort or a good kick in the seat of the pants.


Now grab the book, some tissues, maybe some ice cream, and prepare to be inspired.

Inspiration For Life’s Challenges: Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things

Believing In Yourself

Strayed touches on all aspects of self-esteem and building belief in yourself. Often unapologetically straightforward, she tells it like it is. Have a dream you can’t stop thinking about? Go work for it. Want to go to college or return to college now that you’re a bit older or a parent? Do it.

It’s not easy but it’s all completely possible if you are willing to put in the effort.

When replying to a young writer who is depressed that she has yet to write a book, Strayed writes: “Don’t lament so much about how your career is going to turn out. You don’t have a career. You have a life. Do the work. Keep the faith. Be true blue. You are a writer because you write. Keep writing and quit your…. Your book has a birthday. You don’t know what it is yet”.

So put the candles in a drawer and rip up that calendar. Your time will arrive.



Letting Go

From the end of relationships to the end of life as you formerly knew it, Tiny Beautiful Things has got you covered. These tear producing segments are equal parts beautiful and painful in their ability to pierce right to the heart of the truth.

Strayed encourages letting go by discussions on forgiveness and acceptance. All of which helps builds your inner tenacity with time and practice.

In one of my favorite passages she paints a picture for the struggling reader: “I’ll never know, and neither will you, of the life you don’t choose. We’ll only know that whatever that sister life was, it was important and beautiful and not ours. It was the ghost ship that didn’t carry us. There’s nothing to do but salute it from the shore”.

Let’s wave to that ship on the horizon together, shall we?



On Love

Strayed emphasizes love throughout the book. Giving love, finding love, and losing love. She makes it clear that there are very few things more important in life than love. Readers will find encouragement no matter what their current relationship status may be.

From the lonely to the confused, this book has something for every heart. Strayed shares her own experiences with love and losing the love of her life, her Mother, to cancer.

On love, Strayed tells the reader: “I can’t say when you’ll get love or how you’ll find it or even promise you that you will. I can only say you are are worthy of it and that it’s never too much to ask for it and that it’s not crazy to fear you’ll never have it again, even though your fears are probably wrong. Love is our essential nutrient. Without it, life has little meaning. It’s the best thing we have to give and the most valuable thing we receive”.

Now pass the chocolates please.


Chocolate pieces


Recovering From Tragedy

Tiny Beautiful Things touches on recovering from tragedies like miscarriage and abuse. Strayed intersperses her own personal experiences into the narrative so you know she comes from a genuine heartfelt place.

The importance of placing one’s mental health first is evident in every response. She doesn’t shy away from the topic of depression and encourages self care. The reader is reminded that they alone determine their grieving process.  

Strayed gently and emphatically writes: “Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can’t cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It’s just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love it and move on be better for it and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal”.

That must be one beautiful bridge. Here’s to crossing it, book in hand.


Free stock photo of bridge, path, straight, wooden


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