It’s been a while…Truth is that I have been in a bit of a rut. It tends to happen to me around this time of year. I admit it; I have been terrible about taking time out for myself. If I ever needed a vacation or spa day, it is now. I haven’t been socializing as much, haven’t visited my parents etc.; all little things that can make all the difference.
I hope that the impending spring will bring a sense of renewal and optimism. But I recognize that this is something I am going to have to work at, as well. I am not sure why, but I am always been a kind of pessimistic person. Not that it’s an excuse, but I guess that I figured I would not end up disappointed that way. Recovering from my hip surgery definitely didn’t help me on my path to positivity. After being on crutches for six months longer than anticipated, I felt like it would never end, and that I would never be able to move on in my life.
To challenge my thinking, I picked up The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. Truth be told, the book took me a while to get through. Not because it wasn’t good; it was just full of such valuable information that I found myself rereading chapters over and over again. I think the last time I did that with any book was in college.
I absolutely loved The Power of Positive Thinking, and have recommended it to many of my friends. One thing that I will say about it is that it is more intended for Christian readers. My favorite aspect of the book was the affirmations and quotes that the author uses; many of which are directly from the Bible. I often keep this book in my bag with me, highlight passages and repeat/write down affirmations when I feel that I need the encouragement.
I am thinking of picking up Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly next. What other self-help/positivity books would you suggest?