As fellow blogger friend Katy likes to have on her website about books.
The books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library, “The medicines of the soul.”
I love to read. As a child, I was the biggest bookworm and fittingly so with my huge owl glasses that rested on my cheeks rather than my nose. I read everywhere I could – even when I was supposed to be in bed, I’d read in the dim hallway light of my bedroom since I couldn’t be caught with the lights on. I read about everything you could possibly think of. I’m pretty sure I read about the intricate scientific details of sex in the encyclopedia volumes we had.
So now — I must share what’s on my
nightstand kindle these days. (I prefer real books but with traveling, kindle really is the better option).
LOOPTAIL: Bruce Poon Tip is the founder of G Adventures – a travel adventure company. You probably have heard of it (formerly GAP Adventures). This is his story about how the company grew + changed — drastically through the years to stay on top of the travel game. He is the travel Steve Jobs. His focus is not just to explore the world but also do it in a way that’s sustainable and socially responsible – before it was cool.
“Our business model is based on the science
of happiness. Creating connectedness, being part of
something greater than yourself, being able to grow,
innovative drive, sustained happiness.”
The Alchemist: A lot of people hate this book and despise the story + writing. The book was originally written in Portuguese, so therefore – we’re reading a translation. It’s not going to win any literature awards but what is inspiring is the message —the theme. It’s an allegorical novel – a fable. The writing IS simplistic – the story line is straight-forward. That’s not what the book is “about” though. The book is about finding your personal destiny or purpose in life. What are you meant to do in this world?
Once that is figured out – go for it. Strive for it. Once you figure our your passion – the universe conspires to fulfill that. I find this to hold true. When you have a true goal – your heart is into it. Magic starts to happen.
Warrior of the Light: This is the companion book to The Alchemist. It really is a manual – or a list of proverbs that teach us about life and people. It’s a quick read but you’ll want to highlight and go back to a few of the points – frequently.This book is for the one who appreciates the miracle of being alive, the one who accepts failure, and the one whose quest leads him to become the person he wants to be.