Life is this series of mysterious occurrences that I have come to no longer question (well attempt to my very best inclination not to), try my hardest to accept and to empathize with others as well as myself (the latter being the most difficult). Life for it's many baffling reasons can just be hard to endure and for some it's easy to express themselves but for those like me we conceal, contemplate and worry endlessly which just causes anxiety and the foreboding dis-ease which compromises one's quality of life. It's a locality I know all too well and if I could be of service of any kind I would like to share two tomes that have given me a sense of encouragement that yes, life as you know it can easily fall apart but with resilience and a bit of (actually a lot of) self-care/love anything is possible.
|Living with Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace, and Joy |
by Mallika Chopra
Chaos, that's the one word that literally everyone can relate to. Elementary students to Fortune 500 CEOs are all inundated with the endless to-do's, constant reminders of not being enough, having enough, or getting enough likes on social media. This 'perfect' image we constantly see and painstakingly try to obtain can become so overwhelming that looking at yourself in the mirror is now this moment of dreaded drudgery that actually feels like torture instead of a moment of reflection and appreciation. If you are like me and life just became all to much to bare Mallika Chopra's (Deepak's daughter) book is a great reminder that hope is not just a four letter word. Living with Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace, and Joy, (Harmony) is a relatable tome that democratizes the chaos we all live in on a daily basis and if we hone in on what's important to us in the present we can learn to have peace and joy in our lives. What I most appreciate about the book is Chopra's honestly in how she wasn't living the quality of life she envisioned for herself and once she had that realization she started on her odyssey on intention. It's this plan she conjured for herself was not easy, and in her own words 'messy' yet Mallika ventured on and found a place that works for her. What we can take away from her honest account on living a crazy, hectic life is doesn't have to be crazy or hectic. Once we set the intention to live a life of purpose (by our own definition) and actively work on enriching ourselves balance will come. It's a must read.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review
|Choose Joy: Finding Hope and Purpose When Life Hurts |
by Sara Frankl & Mary Carver
The past few years have been transformative. I lost priceless beings, fell deep into depression plus anxiety and could not fathom how I would ever recover. Then I discovered Sara Frankl who lived a rich life despite the agony and pain of her chronic illness. Sara opened my eyes to what acceptance is. She shared her painful ordeal and showed so much grace throughout. Her take on life in all it's beauty an agony inspired me to work on myself and because of her story I began to heal. I am not nor will I ever be the person I was once before but I have been galvanized by this book and it should be a prerequisite literature for everyone. Will this tome change your life? It certainly can especially for those who are in a place of despair or just need a reminder that you are not alone.