Wednesday already?! How did that happen? Anyone else feeling like Titus? What? You haven't watched The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix? Go. Go now. Drop everything.
In the face of that feeling, this has been my mantra this week:
Whenever I start to feel overwhelmed, I remind myself to just let go. Sometimes I'll say, "This is as good as it gets." There's no alternate reality where my dog is well-behaved or where people don't get head colds or where the dishes do themselves. This is our beautiful, imperfect world. Might as well enjoy the ride.
Now on to my Wednesday reads!
I'm still reading Gabby Bernstein's Spirit Junkie. I take my time with books like this because I'll often want to stop for a few days to reflect on the lessons I've just learned. The chapter I'm in now has really got me thinking. It's about the "F" word: forgiveness.
One of Gabby's main points is that when we hold on to anger and resentment, we are hurting ourselves. Forgiveness frees us. But easier said than done, which is why I'm taking my time and processing this chapter to look for places within myself that I might still be harboring resentment or tending to old wounds. Letting go of our hurt is hard because it strikes right at our pride. Plus, we've often built habits around our resentment, so that it starts to feel like who we are instead of something we've attached to, like our childhood blankie. But it's not who we are. We can let go. A bunch of adults walking around with blankies would look pretty weird, right?! Wait...
Confession time. I quit one of my reads from last week, Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See. Quitting a Pulitzer Prize winner is a particular kind of shame, but we all have our crosses to bear. Plus since I'm practicing forgiveness this week, I can forgive myself. Phew. If you'd like to read some of my thoughts on quitting books, check out one of my prior pieces HERE.
Why did I quit? I felt like I was eating in a 5-star restaurant when I was in the mood for pizza and fries. The book was so well-written, like word art. But today, on this day in my life, I have a lot of intellectual and creative endeavors on my plate and I don't want or need word art, I want a book that grabs me and won't let go. Like this book:
You may know Gillian Flynn's name because she's the author of Gone Girl, which is the gold-standard in psychological suspense, the genre I'm in the mood for right now. I finished Sharp Objects in about a day. Smart and sharp, really.
Which got me thinking, I need more books like this in my life. I did a search on a website that has served me well in the past: What Should I Read Next? and it directed me to these. They all look like great summer reads for those of you who want to get lost in a book. And Gillian Flynn even wrote a blurb for one! I think I'm on the right track. Have you read any of these? Where should I start?!
Happy reading and happy hump day!
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