Read something inspiring every day

June 15, 2010 1 Comment


Quote of the Day

“We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own”.
- Ben Sweetland


365 Days to a Balanced Life – Day 15

Anyone who knows me has had me recommend  at least one book to them.  Every time we meet.  It’s what I do. 

Ever since I learned to read I would always have several books on the go at the same time.  This was very unusual in my family.  I had 4 brothers and do not believe any one of them willingly read a book while they were growing up.  I had a thirst for knowledge then and have continued to be an information junkie (the new term for voracious reader). 

Usually my current readings will consist of a fiction, biography, current events, business, lifestyle/health and always one or more spiritual or inspirational books.  Seriously, if I go away for even one day I will bring at least 3 books with me. 

Some of the more inspiring books I have read recently include:

The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die by John Izzo

John interviewed 200 people age 60 -106, each of whom was identified by acquaintances as “the one person they knew who had found happiness and meaning”

The Soul of Money by Lynn Twist

Lynn helps you transform your relationship with money and life

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

If you have never heard of Louise or read one of her books, do yourself a favor, run to the bookstore and get this.  This is a woman who against all odds not only survived a horrific childhood but has gone on to inspire millions.  She also started Hay Publishing and continues to inspire well into her later years.

How to Practice – The Way to a Meaningful Life by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

This is an easy-access reference for daily practice as well as stunning illumination of the timeless wisdom of His Holiness

Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss

Dr. Myss shows how every illness corresponds to a pattern of emotional and psychological stresses, beliefs, and attitudes that have influenced corresponding areas of the human body.  She is known as one of the premier practioners in energy medicine.

My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor

This is the book my husband Jack brought me the first day in the hospital following my stroke (see, I told you I don’t go anywhere without a book).  This is the one thing that gave me hope in the early days of recovery.  Dr. Taylor was a 37 year old brain scientist who experienced a massive stroke. A story of recovery and hope.  A must read for those who have had a stroke or those who are caregivers of stroke survivors.

Ask and it is Given – Learning to Manifest Your Desires by Esther and Jerry Hicks

I believe this to be one of the best books to come out of “The Secret” aftermath.  This has practical processes to follow to help you actually incorporate these ideas into your life.


I hear so many people say they don’t have time to read.  Frankly that is nonsense.  Turn off the TV and pick up a book. It only takes a minute to read something inspiring or educational.  So many young people are not reading today probably because there has been no example set by their parents and no restrictions on TV and computer time.  Reading a screen is not the same as reading a book.  (more on what sitting in front of a screen does to your brain in a later blog) 

I encourage you to TAKE the the time to read for enjoyment, for knowledge or for inspiration, today. 



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One Comments to “Read something inspiring every day”
  1. SusanG says:

    Reading this blog is one of my daily inspirational reads !!

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