The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children by Shefali Tsabary
I often joke that the universe must take great pleasure in watching me with my son because he is my complete opposite of me and raising him takes me out of my comfort zone in so many ways. Jokes aside though, a big lesson I have learnt in my years of parenting raising a child is really not about you, the parent. You are actually required to get you and your ‘ish’ out of the way in order to give your child the best possible experience of growing up. And, in doing so, you are constantly tested and challenged on so many different levels, not necessarily by the child but by how you react, feel and behave towards them. It brings into question a lot of what you think you know, feelings and values you have taken for granted, views you’ve held without question. So, need I say more about why this particular book appeals to me?
Real Artists Don’t Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age by Jeff Goins
Back in school I was that kid who didn’t get chemistry, at all. Any thing to do with science or numbers posed a real challenge to me. And we were always told that if you don’t have maths and a science subject for matric don’t expect to get into university. The implication being that you would then study a degree that taught you more about one of these sciences thereby enabling you to get an appropriately related job that would allow you to live a comfortable life. I sucked, and still do, at all of that so where did that leave me? I did make it to university and earned myself an arts degree and, of course, I’ve steered far away from anything science or numbers related career wise. I am firmly in the creative field. Needless to say, this all makes me very curious to read what Jeff has to say about making a decent living – no wait, he said thriving – using your creative talents. Again, need I say more about the appeal of this book title to me?
The Sun does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton
He was told on the day of his arrest that, by the officers who arrested him, that they would make sure that he was convicted. An old gun which had not been fired in 25 years was found in his mother’s house; a ‘forensic’ specialist confirmed that the bullets used to commit the crime matched that gun. He lost his ability to speak for three years after he was sentenced and put on death row. He spend 30 years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. That is what I know so far of Anthony Ray Hinton’s story. The idea of being wrongfully accused and incarcerated for a crime that you didn’t commit is unfathomable to most. To then be sentenced to death and spend 30 years on death row…no words. How do you survive that, recover from it when you are finally pardoned and where do you find the will to move on? Those are the questions that came to my mind as I listened to his conversation with Oprah on Supersoul Conversations.