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A little inspiration

I’m not one who’s all that huge on inspirational writing or self-help books.

But, I have to admit, as I get older, I’ve learned to appreciate the more spiritual side of that particular market.
I’ve read [amazon_link id=”080701429X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Man’s Search For Meaning[/amazon_link] by Viktor Frankl.  In fact, I was reading it when I was waiting to be diagnosed with cancer back in 2007.  It was pretty timely.  And, yes, I’ve read Napoleon Hill’s classic [amazon_link id=”0091900212″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Think And Grow Rich[/amazon_link], but I’ll be honest, I didn’t find it all that engaging or particularly helpful to me.  Generally, I prefer spiritual books like offerings from[amazon_link id=”1570629218″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ] Pema Chodron[/amazon_link] or[amazon_link id=”0385092199″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ] Thomas Merton[/amazon_link].
Still, there is something to be said for some of the more obscure motivational titles and has a list of ten self-help books you’ve probably never heard of to help you find something “new”.  I, personally, have only read one on this list; [amazon_link id=”B003L24AIM” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Kybalion[/amazon_link], though I have to admit that I didn’t think of it as a “self help” book, per se.

Also, for real inspiration, a therapist I used to see suggested[amazon_link id=”0553245767″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ] The Choice[/amazon_link] by Og Mandino and I really liked it.  I’d say he’s pretty obscure, too, and it really was helpful, so that might be worth checking out.
And, in spite of my resistance to self-help books, I’m currently reading [amazon_link id=”159285849X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Gifts of Imperfection[/amazon_link] by Brene Brown and, no matter who you are or what you like to read, it’s a fantastic book.

So, not my usual fare for a Friday, but, hey, I got officially middle-aged yesterday, so, you know, indulge me.

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