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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Inspires.....Enlightens


it's a wonderful book,'Notes To Myself' by Hugh Prather.i have read very few number of books but this is really unique.i saw name of this book in someone's profile in a social networking site.i asked dad to bring that.i was expecting a personality development book with at least 200 pages.i couldn't believe when dad brought that,it's a small book with very few pages.it has no contents.it's a typical notes that Hugh has written to himself.every time i read,each line gives some new meaning.
as i went on reading i felt i am reading someone's diary.at some point i felt i am reading a book which is written especially for me.it has really inspired me a lot and also enlightened.
anyone who is interested to know about themselves and to understand their self must read this book once.
few lines i would like to mention from that book which i liked a lot........
*Don't live for,just live.
*Tomorrow is a shallow,today is as deep as truth.
*Anxiety running through my life is the tension between what i 'should be',what i 'want to be' and what 'i am'.
*Anxiety doesn't come from thinking about future but from wanting to control it.
*Act now without knowing the results.
*"It will be interesting to see what happens"- is a more realistic attitude toward future consequences than worry.
* Perfectionism is slow death.
*If everything were to turn out just as i would want it to,just as i would plan,i would never experience anything new.life would be an endless repetition of stale successes.when i make a mistake i experience something new.
*Fear of mistakes seems to arise from the assumption that i am potentially perfect.
*A mistake is a declaration of the way i am now,a jolt to the expectations i have unconsciously set,a reminder i am not dealing with the facts.when i have listened to my mistakes i have grown.
*The key to motivation is to look at how far i have come rather than how far i have to go.
*Happiness is present attitude not a future condition.
*My trouble is i analyze life instead of live it.
*The more i attempted to 'be me',the more 'me's i found there were.
*Don't fight a fact,deal with it.
*Don't have fear about any feeling you have.when you disown a feeling you do not destroy it,you only forfiet your capacity to act it out as you wish.
*It's not that we fear the place of darkness but that we don't think we are worth the effort to find the place of light.
*I am not responsible for my feelings but for what i do with them.
*Selfishness is neither good nor bad,it depends on the way we are selfish as to whether it nourishes or injures.
*Learning to respond to now is the only thing there is to learn.
*The criticism that hurts the most is the one that echoes my own self-condemnation.
*There is no such thing as 'best' in a world of individuals.
*Blunt honesty with my feelings gives me greater empathy with other people's feelings.
*Moods should be heard but never danced to.
*True humour is fun-it does not put down,kid or mock.it makes people feel wonderful,not separate,different or cut off.true humour has beneath it the understanding that we are all in this together.
still there are lots of such lines which are enough to inspire,enlighten and change anyone completely..........