Everyone collects something. I’ve known people who amass tons of all kinds of stuff. For instance, my mother in law used to collect chickens, and a friend of mine has a truly spectacular number of mermaids swimming across every surface of her townhouse. Me, I’m a bibliophile. I collect books. And, not just any kind of books, but books that are devoted to quick, uplifting sayings. When we move house my husband, poor pack mule that he becomes, often longs for the days when I collected tiny cow figurines instead. (Just as a side note, when someone gave me a figurine of a cow paddling a gondola in full Venetian garb, I realized that it was time to hang up the hooves.)
I am one of those people who truly believes that in every systemic fashion possible, what we put in is what we get back out again. The world is full of nasty news and draining statistics. Today alone, I learned that teens in Deerfield Beach set another child on fire, that a young woman was murdered by her boyfriend, and that SIDS can be caused by cosleeping with your children. That’s enough to make one heart heavy for four people. While it will never satisfy the old journalist in me to block out the news completely, I have learned to balance my intake of disempowering factoids with good intellectual and spiritual fuel.
A few of my favorite authors are Thich Nhat Hanh, Joel Osteen, Iyanla Vanzant and Schmuley Boteach. Clients have recommended Louise Hay and a host of other authors to round out my collection. If you face difficult decisions it’s always better to approach them with information that promotes feelings of resourcefulness, hope, and agency. What are your favorite authors? I’m always looking to pad my shelves!
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