Saturday, March 25, 2006

The journey

I have been reading a lot lately. I went through a phase when all I read were Jeffery Deaver books, then Michael Connelly, then Dan Brown. I could compare it to watching one Jerry Bruckheimer movie after another -- lots of special effects, but no food for thought...

I started to miss the challenging discussions I once had as an English major, those thought-provoking poems and novels that are powerful enough to alter once life. My life also took a few sharp turns, and suddenly things were off-kilter....

My inner strength and ever-optimistic attitude, and more importantly -- the love and friendship of those dear to me -- have helped me regain my balance. If I were to die tomorrow, I would die a happy person....

These are the two latest books I can credit with helping me grow:

Link to synopsis

and --

"What one great thing would you dare to dream if you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that you absolutely could not fail? This is one of the most important questions of all, because what this says is that this is really your great dream and your great ambition in life, and if you can write the answer to this question it means that you can have it. The very fact that you can think clearly about what this answer might be, and that you can write the answer down on paper, means that you are capable of accomplishing it.

"Nature is not capricious, and Nature does not on the one hand give us the ability to clearly visualize and write down a goal without at the same time giving us the ability to realize it. This is one of the most exciting things about the human psyche: the very fact that you can crystallize your desire means that you can achieve it. The only question is, how badly do you want it, and are you willing to pay the price to get it? Because the only limitation is in your own mind; it is not contained in physical reality."