When I was a kid and teenager and even a young adult I hardly ever read.
Over the years though things have changed and I've immersed myself in books.
In a way, I regret not picking up books earlier as my reading list is getting bigger and bigger and it would of made it a bit more manageable if I got an earlier start to get through them, but, in saying that I'm glad reading has come into my life regularly in the last few years.
I'm not sure why it took so long, Mum always read and was a good role-model, things like this just happen when you're ready though.
I find reading relaxes me and gives me a great amount of knowledge in a range of areas.
Usually I read self-help kind of books.
Carley tells me I need to get better at implementing a few of things I read but at least I am planting the seed when I get the knowledge.
I also read a stack about running, food and health.
They all interest me as I can take things straight out of those texts and implement in my own life immediately.
Chuck in documentaries and podcasts and we have a wealth of knowledge at our fingertips.
So I guess this is my first, short book report type blog.
And I'm only doing this as I think it's worth doing and sharing. If know one reads it, it's a journal entry for me at least.
I've recently just finished reading The Book of Joy by Douglas Abrams.
I first heard an interview with him on the Rich Roll Podcast a couple of months ago and then searched it up at my local library.
I was stoked to find it down at our beautiful Campaspe Library in large print.
I love reading books in large print, it makes me feel like a power reader, smashing through the pages at a more rapid pace.
In the book it documents a weeks worth of conversations between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. (Don't worry, I'm not about to get all religious on you here)
The book covers a bit about their own stories (some awesome reading in that alone) and lists 8 pillars to finding joy.
I felt it was very relevant to the world we live in today and have shared them with you below.
There isn't much rocket science about the pillars, just simple things we can remind ourselves to do everyday to make our lives more joyful.
I'll be trying to set goals and nail a few myself in the coming months.
Anyway, here's the list.
Now you don't need to read it yourself, but if you do want to, I'd highly recommend it.
*Perceptive: There are many different angles.
*Humility: I tried to look humble and modest.
*Humour: Laughter, joking is much better.
*Acceptance: The only place where change can begin.
*Forgiveness: Freeing ourselves of the past.
*Gratitude: I am fortunate to be alive.
*Compassion: Something we want to become.
*Generosity: We are filled with joy.
Over and out.