Day Thirty-Six – Read Recommendations!


I am awake, I am alive, and today I give thanks for the opportunity that this isolation has presented me. Yes, opportunity, for as of yet I am one of the lucky ones, untouched by this virus. There have been adjustments but there are still so many opportunities, most just revealing themselves now in this new silence …

Case in point – I continue the “output” that is essential to my being. I attempt to share words that inspire, thoughts that get others thinking, messages that help those who read them to see their value, their worth, their place in this big puzzle that is our world. And I have learned to rest, to rejuvenate, to replace energy given out with food and relaxation. But yesterday, I embraced another stream that I do not embrace often enough – I feed my brain.

Reading has always been a joy to me. Being an author is no accident, for my Mother introduced me to the introspective solo trip a book takes you on decades ago. It saddens me how it has been since I took such a journey but yesterday I rectified that oversight.

First, I accomplished my “book a week” goal by finishing Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why” – an absolute MUST READ for any business owner out there now debating if and how he can sustain his business through this crisis. Simon speaks of the “split” and as he described this point in time, I realized I too had made such a mistake. I am rectifying that too. Thank you Simon.

But once completed (I only had 20 pages left to read), the day enticed me to keep reading. I had nothing pressing on my To Do List so I decided to indulge this desire by picking up a book highly recommended both my Simon Sinek and by Brendon Bruchard. The book – “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Victor E Frankl. Suffice to say, if you struggle to find happy in trying circumstances than THIS is the book for you.

I devoured it but night had not yet fallen when I finished. “Why not?” I thought to myself. I could at least “start” another. “Life’s Golden Ticket” by Brendon Bruchard was my choice. I enjoy Brendon’s online training courses almost daily so I confess to thinking this would be a factual “how to” type read. I couldn’t have been more WRONG!

It has been ages since I devoured a book, unable to put it down for even a moment but that is exactly what happened. It was bed time by the time I completed it’s 200 pages but I closed the cover with tears in my eyes and a thank you to Creator for guiding me to its pages. If you struggle to let go of a past, if you remain haunted by past horrific events, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK.

So this is me, on this Sunday (it is Sunday, right?) so thankful for the “trip” I went on yesterday. Today I will pick another, this week’s “book of the week” but I do not know if I will open its cover quite yet. I may choose to savour yesterday’s journey instead, like the man or woman just returning from an amazing vacation.

I don’t want to go back to reality yet. I want to continue to savour the trip.

Today my friend, think of what you CAN do with this time, not what you can’t. And then, do just that. Enjoy these days, for like any other, they will come only once. This time is not wasted but rather, simply part of our amazing journeys if you allow them to be.

Food for thought, like any good read should be.