I’ve just read two books that deal with self improvement. Self improvement books can sometimes be very worthy, and also very dull. We all know ways to behave that will make us better people, but we strenuously resist doing the things we’ve been hiding from. It’s easier than doing them.
Well, maybe not, but I digress. There’s a very funny song by Australian band TISM called ‘Denial works for me’, and I can see so much of myself in that song, it’s scary. Not sticking to the point is another way to digress, digressions are symptoms of denial. Denial may work in the short term, but in the long term, it’ll come back and bite you on the bum!
The point of this article is to tell you how these two books that have my attention are different. These two books are funny! That is the way to get attention from people who need to improve. Make them laugh at the words, at you, at others and at themselves. If you can laugh at yourself, instead of beating yourself up, you have a comfortable space to work on your own failings, a space where you can think about ways to improve that won’t be scary.
What are these two wonder books? The first is called ‘Don’t sweat the small the stuff. It’s all small stuff’, by Richard Carlson. I was saddened after I read the book to learn the author died at quite a young age. I know though, that he loved and was loved, and that he had lived the best life he could possibly live.
The knitting one also taught me lots of things, about life, about yarn, about knitting, about the beauty that comes with the imperfections. It is called ‘Things I learned from Knitting (Whether I Wanted to or Not), by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. It is full of useful life thoughts. Stephanie is on Twitter and is one of the Twitterers I follow.
I feel much richer for having read both of these books, for lots of reasons. I’ve learnt better ways to consider my life. And I have also got new ways to think about writing a book. I don’t have to be learned, I just have to be truthful, and funny, my favourite way to be, and I can write a book that sells very well. Feeling happy with my life makes it easier to find joy in the simple things in life. Things such a a freshly baked muffin
, and a gorgeous sunset
can both bring me joy.
There is certainly truth in the old adage ‘Just be Yourself’. It worked for these writers, and it can work for you and me. Nobody else can be ‘us’, as well as we can! We all have our ways of being, our foibles, and our talents.
Nobody is perfect, and all we can be is ourselves. Celebrate the small stuff in your life and never be afraid to be YOU.