When April rolled in, I knew the Apr-June issue of Time of Your Life (published by the National Library Board) would be waiting for me at the library. Never to disappoint, I find it full of reading tips. So many interesting books recommended, so little time to get to them all.
On the list of books under Unexpected Finds, what caught my attention was “World’s Best Life Hacks: 200 Ingenious Ways to Use Everyday Objects”. It said that this book was full of pictures (ding! ding! ding! ding! I like!!) and simple text (even better for the lazy me!!!) to help readers understand and apply all the clever tips of how to put everyday objects to different use at home or work to save time, space and money. I want those tips!
A book that appealed to the philosophical side of me was “Every time I find the meaning of life, they change it: Wisdom of the great Philosophers on How to Live”. If the book really does what it says — making light on a subject usually so heavily pondered upon, leaving readers both enlightened and entertained as the author attempts to tackle life’s biggest questions — then give me the book anytime. I mean, who doesn’t want to know how to live? And how often have we asked ourselves what IS the meaning of life?
As many of you know, I have been living on my own since my divorce. While I do spend a lot of time at my mother’s house, I always like coming back to my own home and space. A lot of people have asked me whether I felt lonely. So glad to see someone pointing out in the article “Overcome Loneliness” that being alone is not the same as being lonely. That’s what I have been trying to say all along. I may be alone but I have rarely felt lonely. You can feel lonely even when you are surrounded by people. I felt very lonely when I was married — that was probably the worst feeling one could have, knowing that your life partner wasn’t your soulmate nor someone you could connect with. Today, I enjoy the solitude — having my own space to enjoy my own company, to connect with myself, and to develop a greater awareness about myself. I totally agree with the article — solitude is self-chosen; and sometimes, great ideas, innovations, and creativity are a result of solitary minds. While not high on my reading list, some of the books listed have interesting titles, like “How to be alone”, “The Lonely City: Adventure in the art of being alone”, “The Loneliness Cure: Six strategies for finding real connections in your life”, and “Stop Being Lonely: Three simple steps to developing close friendships and deep relationships”.
There is an article about cataract which is worth reading. After all, with age, the risk of cataract increases, although not all cataracts are actually age-related. A book that caught my eyes was “Nutrition and the Eye: Eating your way to better sight”. Now, who doesn’t want to have better sight?
The one concept that baffles me is “Mindfulness”, which is the first article in this issue. It has been defined as “being aware of the present moment, without judgement or worry for the past or the future”. It sure sounds a lot like self awareness, no? It says that being mindful makes you less affected by past thoughts or negative emotions because it focuses on being in conscious control of your reaction to your present situation rather than being on autopilot (where you react out of habit and relive the past instead of noticing the fresh emotions or potential in the present. Still sounds like self awareness to me, plus optimism thrown in. So perhaps it is high time I get a hold of some of the books like “Mindfulness made simple: An introduction to finding calm through mindfulness and meditation” or “Mindfulness for life: A six-week guide to inner peace” to help me understand.
This magazine is reminding me that it is time to hit the library and read some books! One of my new year resolutions. What I don’t understand is the plastic wrapper that comes with the magazine. What’s with that? Isn’t it environmentally unfriendly?