My life is made of inspiration sources. Movies, songs, conversations, people, smiles… Anything can give me a rush of energy and inspire me to write, paint, study or even going for a run.
However the biggest source of inspiriration is undoubtly books.
I love books.
When I read a book I try to imagine where the writer is sitting, what he/she is drinking, how the weather is like. Is there the smell of coffee or tea in the air? How is he/she feeling?…I picture the whole scenario! I always wonder what inspires this person to sit and write. This is also the reason why I prefer to read books in the original language. It feels like I can almost read this person mind and the flow of his/her thoughts. There is no translation, no space for misconception.
Once a friend of mine told me: “Books are not objects. They are ideas”.
I have to admit, this is quite a dificult for an aspirant to a Minimalist to accept. The truth is: It is always a tortuture to get rid of my books. I just don’t!
I tend to think that in a certain point in my life I am gonna go back to that book and learn something else that I didn’t before. The idea is that I am afraid that by getting rid of that book I am missing a different prespective or point of view which I was not aware in the first time I read it. Something that I did not compreehend in the first place.
It is quite FOMO, i know. I am working on it, I swear!
So this week post is about books that are more than books. They are more than an object made of paper. They’ve shaped my mind, my ideas and my perspective on the world. These are the books that somehow made me more aware and empowered me to be who I am today.
There you have!
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – Robin Shoarma
It is such a beautiful and easy book! Robin Shoarma (someone you should take a look on our friend Google) gives us an idea how to improve our life, follow our passion and embrace life with courage and joy. This is a story of Julian Mantle, a lawyear who had nothing but money and power, who after diving in a life completly out of balance decided to quit everything and go on a journey of selfdevelopment.
A book to read, for sure.
At Home In The World – Thich Nhat Hanh
This book is a collection of stories and lessons from the peace activitist Thich Nhat Hahn. It gives us a perspective how life can change so much. This book is nicely fill with stories and lessons from Thich Nhat Hahn from its childhood throughout the years of his life.
Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor E. Frankl
Viktor E. Frankl an Austrian pychiatrist describes the cruelty, struggles and suffer from someone who lived in different concentration camps between 1942 and 1945. This is a story of a man who lost everything yet was able to find meaning in the middle of one of the worst History Crimes. This is the story of how purpose and meaning saves you from the worst situation you can find.
Indeed, a raw and inspiring story.
The subtle Art Of Not Giving a Fuck – Mark Manson
The Subtle Art of not Giving a Fuck is a quite recent book. The bottom line of the funny and vivid book is: “There are only so many things we can give a fuck about so we need to figure out which ones really matter”Manson tells us that life is fucked up, however it does not mean that you need to complaint about it all the time. We gotta learn how to deal with it and choose to see the brightness of our days.
The Unbearable Lightness of being – Milan Kundera
Milan Kundera taught me perhaps the most important lesson in my life – Love is not like Disney movies and that is fine!I mean, of course I knew that love is not like Disney movies. However, this wonderful gentleman taught me that we, similarly to love and relationships are so complex. There is no such thing as black&white in terms of love, relationships, fidelity and everything surrounding it.
Kundera taught me the art of seeing the other person’s perspective and all the aspects of the human existance behind every story. Kundera taught me tolerance and compassion.
There you have little birds!
I hope these books can do for you as much they did for me!
Let me know what you think! Tell me about the books that changed your life!