After allowing the New Year to get a foothold, I've been doing some thinking, this thinking takes place when my children are napping, I decided, after some careful reflection, to pick a theme for 2014. This idea came about after taking a hard look at my rather lengthy To Be Read (TBR) Pile. Upon my analysis of the various and sundry titles, I discovered that a huge number of the books that lay waiting for me to read them had a connection, and that connection had to do with subject matter. Specifically sharing information that I consider means by which I might change or improve. Thus, the theme that I decided on based on this revelation is BECOMING. What does that mean exactly? Well, I'm looking for methodologies/teachings that I can incorporate in my life to become the best parent, teacher, blogger, etc. that I can be--in other words, I'm looking for new concepts/ideas to improve in each of the roles I have taken on in my life. To that end, here is a suggestion for all those readers out there who might be looking for something they can read all year long. It is a book that has been around for quite a few years, but it’s fairly "new to me" A Calendar of Wisdom: Daily Thoughts to Nourish the Soul by Leo Tolstoy. Why this book? Here is my why, "...A Calendar of Wisdom is a day-by-day guide that illuminates the path of a life worth living with a brightness undimmed by time." I am also hopeful it will help me to define who I want to be as I move forward. The wisdom contained in its pages will give me perspective and allow me to persevere in my quest to BECOME. So far, so good, I've been enjoying each entry, and thus far, I feel I have gained something from each one. Each day has a theme, which is varied, and offers some tidbit(s) to make you think, just what I need in my year of BECOMING.
This is the first-ever English-language edition of the book Leo Tolstoy considered to be his most important contribution to humanity, the work of his life's last years. Widely read in prerevolutionary Russia, banned and forgotten under Communism; and recently rediscovered to great excitement, A Calendar of Wisdom is a day-by-day guide that illuminates the path of a life worth living with a brightness undimmed by time. Unjustly censored for nearly a century, it deserves to be placed with the few books in our history that will never cease teaching us the essence of what is important in this world.-Goodreads
Partial Sample from January 1 Entry
"Read the best books first, otherwise you'll find you do not have time."-Henry David Thoreau
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