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Books, books, and more books…

25 Apr

Are you like me and love books?

I didn’t realize how many books I owned until I started to clean out my bookshelves because I anticipate a move later this year.  So far, I’ve donated over 100 hardcover books to Friends of the Library (a non-profit resale endeavor) and have another 100 ready to go.  And I won’t be finished donating even then (and I’ll still have at least as many books on my shelves!)

I have always loved books.

There is something special about turning high quality pages that a Kindle just cannot capture.  Most commonly, my books are positive and forward thinking books non-fiction, and as I take each one down from its shelf and consider whether to keep it or donate it, I often remember where and when I purchased it.

For some of the books, the keep or give decision is easy – my grown children outgrew my need for parenting books. For others, the decision is not so easy – such as the books on gardening that I haven’t cracked open for years, but which topic remains an interest.  Cookbooks are similar – I used to love cooking, but my interests waned for a number of reasons, and now that I live a single life, I don’t find joy in cooking solo (aside from the fact that recipes are often for larger quantities than one.)

Did you know that close to a million books are published annually by the top 10 book writing nations? 

The USA is first, followed by England, each with over 250,000 books published yearly. That’s a lot of original thought and intellectual capital being expended every year!  And for me, it only takes a few well written words to convince me that there are new ideas everyday!

Books have been a faithful companion on my life’s journey.  Unlike the internet, where anyone with a mouse can add their opinion everywhere, authors take care to craft their message for their audience.  And on more than one occasion, I have wondered just how an author could have known my life because their messages felt like they especially crafted for me.  Melody Beattie, Patricia Evans, Cheri Huber, don Miguel Ruiz and others were such authors for me.  Shared experiences reassure me that my perceptions and ideas are as sound as I know they are!

What is your experience with books?  Do you like reading online (such as with a Kindle) or do you prefer the old-fashioned low-tech books?  What would your life be like without books?

Have a good week!

Carol

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Forget Eat, Pray, Love… for me it’s Speak, Earn, Travel!

4 Oct

While I understand the allure of the newly released movie Eat, Pray, Love and the author’s quest  to find herself after a painful divorce, I just do not identify with it.

Personally, I have never been enamored by food (I would rather shop than eat), praying is simply a spiritual way of being (which I already feel good about), and love – well, I am a believer that happiness comes not from external love, but from within via the “Royal We” (me, myself and I).

JapanIf I were to write a book about my happiness journey – I’d call it:  Speak, Earn, Travel.  This sums up my vision of a perfect life.

SPEAK: Delivering keynote speeches that Demystify Technology for non-technical audiences is what I do best.

EARN: I want to earn a lot of money to enable me to share it with others to make their lives better. 

TRAVEL: Travel to spread the word that life is good, visit countries I haven’t yet seen and visit my friends who live all over the world.

This is MY dream, and I’m living it today!

To some, this may seem lofty and independent — especially since it doesn’t involve anyone else to do these things. And, that’s the key! Happiness in life does NOT depend on anyone else.  Happiness comes from being happy with yourself and being able to choose whether and with whom you share your time, energy, talents, money and person.  It is a joyous thing to discover this – and to let go of the “need” for other people in our own happiness journey.

I have a Coffee-Mug cup that says (in a nutshell) –

“Happiness is the journey – not the destination”

And, for many years I didn’t understand this. It is refreshing to discover that the “Royal We” (me, myself, and I) are the only beings I ever need to please.  What an awesome thing !  After a lifetime of suffering by trying (and predictably failing) to please other people, all I need to do is please myself.

Have you seen the saying?

“Don’t worry about the people in your past. There’s a reason they didn’t make it to your future”

I certainly thank the narcissists in my past (who convinced me that it was their acceptance that was important) – they were instrumental in pushing me to find my way.  The emotional health and happiness I now enjoy is directly related to realizing how important my acceptance always was – not theirs.

Speak, Earn, Travel – these are my goals and my mantras!

What are the three words that spell out happiness in your life?

Wishing you a happy, healthy week!

Carol

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