It's week 24 of 2014. (Every time I go to do one of these book posts, I have to google that!) I like to know where I'm at with my goal to read 50 books this year. I feel like I'm right on track and that surprises me a bit. I don't feel like I've been reading all that often but I'll take it! Here we go on my latest reads...
The Dinner was just so weird. I really don't think I can say anything else about it. Weird, but a good weird, a thought-provoking weird.
I finally got my reserve copy of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up from the library. I think I already had my life changing moment when we sold our 3 bedroom, 2 bath house with a garage, shed, and barn full of stuff. And then moved to an 800 square foot loft. So it wasn't a life changing read for me but I thought she made several interesting points. I like the idea of picking up and handling each thing as you are deciding what to keep. I'm not a fan of asking myself if each thing brings me joy. I have a wooden spoon I use everyday. I wouldn't say it brings me joy but it'd be quite a nuisance to get rid of it. Does that mean I should go out and buy another spoon, one that brings me joy? Anyway lots of good things in there but wasn't a keeper of book for me.
I just finished up The Art of Work by Jeff Goins. I really enjoyed reading the stories of those who've found their calling. I found it interesting the way Goins pulled together the similarities in very different callings. I found myself jotting down a few lines.
Now I was no longer afraid of failing. I was afraid of not trying.
Pay attention to those who love their lives and see what they do. What do they have that you don't? We can learn a lot from what initially looks like envy--namely what are you missing. You might have to see someone else love their life before you can love your own.
In a way, we must become children again, watching a listening to others, mimicking the behavior we admire so that we can grow.
"Geoff Colvin, wrote, "Talent means nothing like we think it means, if it indeed means anything at all." Citing numerous studies of accomplished individuals, world-class athletes, and performers whom we often consider prodigies, he claimed the reason for their success was practice. When the evidence does point to rare instances of natural ability, he argued, it was always followed by rigorous training. "Such findings do not prove that talent doesn't exist," he wrote "But they do suggest an intriguing possibility: that if it does, it may be irrelevant."
I don't have a huge stack of books to read next. I returned the majority of my library since I just wasn't that excited about reading them. I think it's time to go and browse the books, see what speaks to me right now.