Books to help you be your best
Some things you can only figure out by yourself through life experience - but for everything else, there's a book! My wishlist is pretty large and unruly, but I wanted to share some of it with you. Right now, I'm focusing on books about ethics, self-improvement and community.
Here are a few I'm hoping to read in the near future.
Braving the Wilderness: The quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone, by Brené Brown
This book has been ready and waiting on my Kindle for a while. It's all about what brings meaning to our lives: courage, love, belonging, empathy, vulnerability, connection etc. I'm really excited to read this one because it delves into our weirdly disconnected yet people-pleasing culture. Plus, I haven't really heard anyone discuss how to find community yet how to stand alone when needed before - often it's just one or the other.
"The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it's the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand."
101 Ethical Dilemmas, by Martin Cohen
Love me an ethical dilemma! I tend to agonise over trying to do the right thing, so I'm really interested to see what complicated scenarios this book comes up with and how I react to them. It's not always black and white...
Your Life Isn't for You: A Selfish Person's Guide to Being Selfless, by Seth Adam Smith
Controversial...but I think it's important to recognise our lives can be used for more than just our own benefit. Using stories from Smith's own life, this book looks back on his own self-obsessed past and how living for other people helped to enrich and heal his life.
that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go" - Dr Suess
How to do good: essays on building a better world, by various
This book is a collection of stories from Nobel prize winners, thought leaders, celebrities and people out there making a positive change in the world. I'm sure there's plenty in there to help get us fired up!
A World Waiting to Be Born: Civility Rediscovered, by M. Scott Peck
This book is described as "a needed prescription for our deeply ailing society". It claims to challenge destructive patterns such as materialism and cruelty and helps us to instead reach a place of personal and societal well-being. It can be a pretty crazy world out there, so I can't wait to see what Peck sees as some of the solutions.
Have you read any of these books and should I keep them on my wishlist? Do any call out to you in particular? It can be hard to find time to read, but my strategy is to limit the time I spend scrolling aimlessly through the internet and read instead. How do you fit reading into your life?
Feel the fear. Be your best. Give back.
PS: Did anyone else have this poster in their school library? Just me? Ok. Well, Orlando says read too. So do it.
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