When I bought my Kindle a couple of years ago it was with the intention of having something to read on my way to work every morning. And maybe on vacation or long road trips. I never meant to use it at home and permanently replace the books with this device. Nor have I done so… completely. But what it has done is bring back my love of reading. Just because it is so easy to use and carry around, I can literally read wherever I am.
I love an amazing feature of the Kindle that no book will ever have: the ability to take notes and then search through those notes (once downloaded on a computer). It’s a pleasure to relive the books that you’ve once read by only reading the meaningful excerpts. And as a matter of fact, I just did this a few days ago and realized I have completely forgotten most of my notes.
At one point I was trying to improve the quality of my sleep by reading Powerful Sleep Secrets of the Inner Sleep Clock by Kacper M. Postawski:
“Exercise delays the body temperature drop at the end of the day, allowing you to stay awake and alert longer.”
“The correct way to take naps is to keep them ultra short. This will prevent deep sleep and recharge you physically.”
Somewhere in between I also made some notes from Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill:
“Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by so doing can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win, essential to success.”
“Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man, but soon or late the man who wins is the man who thinks he can!”
Then followed the Dan Brown phase starting with The Lost Symbol:
“My friends, the masons are not a secret society… they are a society with secrets.”
“Wealth is commonplace, but wisdom is rare.”
“A wise man once told me,” Peter said, his voice faint now, “The only difference between you and God is that you have forgotten you are divine.”
“We are Creators, and yet we naively play the role of the ‘the Created.’”
“There’s an interesting twist here,” Katherine said. “The great irony is that all the religions of the world, for centuries, have been urging their followers to embrace the concept of faith and belief. Now science, which for centuries has derided religion as superstition, must admit that its next big frontier is quite literally the science of faith and belief… the power of focused conviction and intention. The same science that eroded our faith in the miraculous is now building a bridge back across the chasm it created.”
Mixed it up a little with Will Bonner’s ironical and incisive Dice Have No Memory:
“Economists didn’t understand what was going on. They rarely do. But they had created a hundred-year flood of consumer debt. Now they congratulate themselves; households sink… but civilization floats.”
“Perhaps an economy is too complex… like love or the weather… unfathomable… and largely uncontrollable, something you can make a mess of but not something you can improve.”
“Imagine the roar of laughter when Einstein arrived in Heaven and God explained, “I don’t have any plan… I just roll the damned dice!”
There was one book that I’ve always wanted to read thinking that it would completely change my outlook on life and relationships: John Gray’s Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. Let’s just say that apart from one or two insights, this book was as bland as a knitting workshop with a bunch of grandmas… Wait, that workshop sounds even more entertaining.
“Good intentions are not enough.”
“Ironically, men are primarily motivated by being needed, but are turned off by neediness.”
“The number one complaint women have in relationships is: “I don’t feel heard.” Even this complaint is misunderstood and misinterpreted!”
The book that I am currently reading is one of my favorites from the last years and it’s called Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch. It’s an extensive read considering it has three parts (I am just at the first one), and I will most likely write an entire post on it someday.
It makes for a very interesting read no matter your religion or how religious you are. Well… if you consider the Bible as holly as it can get, then you might be a little offended by this book. But if you keep an open mind and just stick to the points that this book is trying to make, and not how it is delivering its content (through an actual conversation with God), then you are good.
Here are some of the highlights:
“My most common form of communication is through feeling. Feeling is the language of the soul. If you want to know what’s true for you about something, look to how you’re feeling about it.”
“Every human thought, and every human action, is based in either love or fear. There is no other human motivation, and all other ideas are but derivatives of these two.”
“You are not discovering yourself, but creating yourself anew. Seek, therefore, not to find out who you are, seek to determine who you want to be.”
“There is only one way for the creator to know itself experientially as the creator, and that is to create. And so I gave to each of the countless parts of me (to all of my spirit children) the same power to create which I have as the whole. This is what your religions mean when they say that you were created in the “image and likeness of god.””
“Hell is the opposite of joy. It is unfulfillment. It is knowing who and what you are, and failing to experience that. It is being less. That is hell, and there is none greater for your soul.”
One of the most powerful quotes from this book are definitely these one:
“We are the “same stuff”! With all the same properties and abilities—including the ability to create physical reality out of thin air.”
“My purpose in creating you, my spiritual offspring, was for me to know myself as God.”
“I tell you this: there is no coincidence, and nothing happens “by accident.””
“‘I am’ is the strongest creative statement in the universe.”
“‘You are as holy as am I.’ this is the message you have not been able to hear; this is the truth you have not been able to accept.”
All in all, I will probably never quit using my Kindle and, what’s most important, I will never have to upgrade it. As it happens with most gadgets, you tend to always buy the newest model because of some extra features. But this particular model of Kindle doesn’t need any improvements. Battery lasts a month, the not lit screen is perfect for the eyes and the size is just right also, fits in my hand or travel bag perfectly. It doesn’t do much, but what it does, it does beautifully. So that makes it a smart choice in my book.
Reposted from JUNE 20, 2015
DISCLOSURE: I have no material relationship to any brand or person mentioned in this blog post.