I love books. No, that’s not quite right. I LOVE books. I’ve been an addict since childhood, and I don’t see it ever stopping. I died a little inside when e-readers were introduced, and I still haven’t bought one, despite the fact that I think I’d secretly love it. There’s just something about the feel and the SMELL of a real book. My husband calls me the Book Sniffer. It’s a little embarrassing, but accurate.
As an avid book lover, I was saddened to hear about Border’s bankruptcy and closing. I am mostly a library reader, but there’s something fun about browsing the shelves on a weekend and sipping tea or hot chocolate in the bookstore cafe that just can’t be replaced. I decided to make one last visit there this week, and this is some of my haul:
I got seven books in total, including five health-/weight-related books:
- The Life You Want, by Bob Greene
- Women, Food and God, by Geneen Roth
- Lost and Found, by Geneen Roth
- The Self-Compassion Diet, by Jean Fain
- A Course in Weight Loss, by Marianne Williamson
I’m not crazy. I know how to lose weight and get healthy: calories in must be less than calories out, and “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” But I love finding little gems and nuggets of wisdom to help renew my spirits and my focus, and I look forward to finding some in these pages!
I definitely found some in the most recent book I read: Run, by Dean Karnazes. Karnazes is an ultra-marathoner. He has run 200 miles at a time and raced hundreds of miles in four deserts in a single year–and he plans to run a marathon in all 204 registered countries in 2012. In other words, he is crazy. But so passionate! I think we could all use a little bit of that insanity to truly do something great with our lives.
In his book, Karnazes writes, “Everything about us was designed for locomotion, engineered for movement. Our modern world, however, invites just the opposite: idleness.”
So true. As I run, I often find myself thinking, “My body was NOT meant to do this.” Au contraire. It WAS meant to do it, but my mind and my lifestyle have been holding it back. It is time to let it do what it was designed to do.
Karnazes continues, “Modern rationale equates comfort and convenience–the total absence of pain and struggle–with happiness. I, along with a growing number of like-minded individuals, think that just the opposite may be true. We’ve grown so comfortable, we’re miserable.”
Think about it. When you’re sitting in your air-conditioned office and haven’t moved in hours, how do you feel? I feel sluggish and restless. Yet, when I finished my 5K, despite being completely exhausted, I felt euphoric. While doing Insanity, I’m completely wiped out physically, but I feel absolutely incredible. Maybe a little more pain is good for all of us.
What books have you read recently that inspired you–whether nonfiction or fiction? I am always looking for great recommendations.