“Books and all forms of writing are a terror to those who wish to suppress the truth.” Wole Soyinka
If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. Toni Morrison
There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book. Marcel Proust
No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. Confucius
Happy World Book Day! Happy Belated Earth Day! Have books played a big role in your life? They have in mine. I’ve shared this simple fact on this blog, over the years, that because I was a painfully shy child, I found a rich, inner world in books. Through books, I was able to live out fantasies, personalities and claim my version of a superwoman status… all from the comfort of my armchair in my Dad’s study. I am still drawn to the world of books because I simply love the feel of a book; hard or soft cover; with or without a jacket. Audible or visual. To loose oneself in a good book is to feel time stop and watch all our fears and worries slip away; albeit temporarily.
Reading is to the mind what water is to the body; it refreshes and rejuvenates. I remember the first time I read one of my most favorite books; Things Fall Apart, I had to put it down several times as the painful scenes were quite overwhelming. When the protagonist, Okonkwo, participated in the murder of a key character, Ikemefuna, I wept. I have reacted in a similar way to other characters in books I’ve read. Books with well developed, believable, three dimensional characters can leave a deep impression on our psyche, remind us of our frailties, and even embolden us to stand up for a great cause. The power of the pen demands that those who enjoy her favor must use it wisely… to whom such a gift is given, much is expected. I have been moved by many books and continue to discover new works and voices from all genres and walks of life. Instead of rehashing a laundry list of books I’ve read, I’ve added several of my older posts on books below. I encourage you to read any of the books mentioned and share your favorite books list in the comments.
“Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A room without books is like a body without a soul. Marcus Tullius Cicero
To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. Victor Hugo
Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life. Dr. Christiane Northrup
What books are you reading lately? When I pick up a book to read, everything falls away, and I am completely immersed in the world of the characters in the book. Book lovers tend to lose themselves in a good book, make connections with characters they like, and empathize with them. This makes for an emotionally charged reading experience. I read widely but, I do love non-fiction and some autobiographies have such harrowing stories that make you feel compelled to put the book down, pause and bawl. Of course, not everything I read is weepy; the last three books I read were We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union, The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey, and Happiness Is a Choice You Make by John Leland. I am currently reading Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life by Sarah Jakes (TD Jakes daughter). I’ve read quite a wide range of books in the last 6 months, from Black Privilege by Charlamagne Tha God, to Far From The Tree by Andrew Solomon, Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, to Rabbit by Jeannine Amber and more.
Frankly, reading is sexy. Learning is sexy… We no longer should make excuses for why we can’t read. While time is still a factor in all of our lives, we choose what we make time for. Get off social media for an hour and read. The best part is that there are some many options available to us now. We can try Audible for audio books, Kindle and its equivalent for a visual read or we can pick up a hard copy or download a book and keep our minds facile and fresh. When we read, we set an example for our kids to read too and no matter what path they decide to follow in life, reading can serve an important role. The creative arts offers so much to the reader including the fact that we are able to find and incorporate new ideas into our work. So, go ahead and Read a book!
The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for MAR 2018/APR 2018 are:
03/04 – Women’s History Month, National Nutrition Month, Irish-American Heritage Month, American Red Cross Month, 08 International Women’s Day, World Kidney Day, 04 Academy Awards
03/11 – 11 Daylight Savings, 14 Pi Day, 15 World Consumer Rights Day, 17 St Patrick’s Day
03/18 – 19 St Joseph, 20 International Day of Happiness, 21 World poetry Day, 22 World Water day, 24 Earth Hour
03/25 – Palm Sunday, 29 Holy Thursday, 30 Good Friday, 31 Passover
04/01 – 01, April Fool’s Day, 02, Autism Awareness, 06, International Day Sport Development Peace, 07, World Health Day,
04/08 – 10, National Siblings Day, 10, Equal Pay Day, 12, Holocaust Remembrance Day
04/15 – 17 Tax Day, NationalVolunteerWeek
04/22 – 22, Earth Day, 23, World Book Day, 27, Arbor Day
01/29 – 29, International Jazz Day
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“A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.” Henry David Thoreau
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde
You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children. Madeleine L’Engle
Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart and his friends can only read the title. Virginia Woolf
Why do YOU read motivational, Selfhelp books? I’ve thought about this question for a while and I read them for inspiration and motivation. That said, we still have to get out of bed and LIVE. Do we need more Dr. Feel-betters’ telling us to “Seize the Moment Now,” “Change Forever!” and “Go for It”? Maybe/Maybe not. If it’s not your cup of tea, move on and enrich your mind with books that interest you. What makes this world such a beautiful place is the diversity around us. It was Murakami who, to paraphrase, said that if we all read the same books, original thinking would be stymied. So follow your path. If a good motivational book helps us get off the couch to make one simple change in our lives, then the book has served as a powerful catalyst for positive change.
Sooner or later, we must move our feet and take concrete action to test all those wonderful seminars, workshops, and readings we’ve attended. It would be a shame to read a book and then let that brainpower go to waste while we search for the next elixir of youth or next great marketing, money making, and motivational scheme – all fodder for the delusional. We need to just read more books, and read widely because books offer us powerful stories that leave us with much to contemplate, and even more to be grateful for in life. I will do a post on sharing our books in the coming weeks. What about you and your reading preferences? What books have brought you to tears or emboldened you? Do you know why? Would you recommend them?
Have a happy, peaceful and productive week ahead!
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