This past weekend. I got the chance to begin my non-fiction reading for December. Last year, I decided to stop buying books altogether to a) reduce clutter b) become more intentional about what I read and c) cut down on discretionary spending. I have re-discovered the library and each month I have checked 1-2 books a month. The great thing is that it adds a bit of a time pressure to finish reading since the books need to be returned, and it’s allowed me to explore books that I normally wouldn’t partake in.
This month I got lucky and got to check Think Like A Monk by Jay Shetty. I’d vaguely heard his name, but I didn’t know much more. I am 80 pages in, and already the book has given me pause, forced me to reflect, and excitedly share with anyone who will listen about my “new” find. As I get through each chapter, I realize that I have spent so much of my life with internal self-that does not always serve me. I learned that Fear is something I should strive for as long it forces me to keep moving forward, to keep growing. If I allow it to paralyze me, or make me run away, or worse, bury it.
I look forward to applying all the lessons from this book, and am content in my choice of no clutter by not buying and it hits me that small changes in my habits this year have begun to pay off bigger dividends than I intended. And that is just like life. Small steps that lead to big changes as long as the small steps are pushing one forward.