Beyond the Cover

Book Cover - Write Here Write NowJudging by its book cover I must say I might not be initially drawn to read the book. Frankly, I am not familiar with the author since I got more exposed to reading books from other popular authors I know such as Bruce Wilkinson, Joyce Meyer, John Maxwell, and Bo Sanchez.

More than the cover of the book itself, I was interested to read Patawaran’s work because a friend has recommended it as a good read not only for experienced and aspiring writers alike but also to those who want to improve their written English skills.

Upon learning about this I headed to the nearest bookstore and asked my mom to buy it for me as a birthday gift last year! Since I have read lots of inspirational books, I thought to myself why not try something different this time.

What I find surprising when I started reading the book was it took me a day reading just one chapter. It was something unusual for me because I would finish reading a not so thick book in just a day or two.

I believe it helped that I took time reading every chapter in separate days because my learning was focused on a particular subject. Whenever I encounter difficulty understanding a sentence or paragraph, I would reread them until I can fully get the author’s message. It was like my mind has been retrained to appreciate another writing style, which I am not used to come across compared to my previous readings.

To sum, the book is indeed worth reading for me since I find it a learning tool to help me improve my writing skills. There is also a possibility that I will go over with the book the next time and I believe I would still learn more from it.

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Feeling the Positive Vibes

I was partly pessimistic before. Strange but that’s what I realized about myself. I was only able to recognize it upon reading a book by Louise Hay called, You Can Heal Your Life.

I have become curious reading the book since I always saw it displayed in one corner. Never did I realize that this would also be helpful for me. I thought my father would just want to expand his knowledge about healing since he also has a gift of healing. I wondered why he has not read the book. But what really drew me to read it is when I desired to be healed from my skin rashes. I have been experiencing it for a couple of days now, and I look forward to feeling perfectly well very soon.

Anyway, Louise Hay’s book has successfully magnetized me. It was kind of funny that at first I skipped reading the first few chapters of the book. I immediately read the last chapter which talks about healing the body.  I’m glad to have learned something from it especially the funny realizations about the negative emotions behind each illness. Since I have become hooked to finishing the book, I even dreamt the other night that I was being healed. My mom even accompanied me in Cubao, Quezon City Philippines. I found it strange why of all places I would go there. I wonder.

As I said, I learned that the illnesses like cancer are caused by the negative emotions we have not withheld. I believe it is true since I have personally experienced it myself. Just last week, my father and I had a word war. Due to my irritability to his high pitch angry voice; I was not able to control myself from reacting negatively at him.  This only angered him more.

After saying my simple but damaging line, I immediately went straight to my room. Then I found myself crying hard and almost losing my breath after I heard my father shouting terribly at me outside my room. I even felt I was suffering from asthma and my hands began to numb. I got scared. I thought I will not be able to recover from that feeling. Suddenly, I told myself to be calm until I felt better. The good thing about what happened was I did not let myself sleep with still negative emotions in mind. I suddenly looked for my Bible and reflected for a few minutes upon reading an epistle. Glad that I was still able to lift up my spirit.

Earlier this day, I watched a video clip about a visualization tool created by The Secret team. I believe this is a beautiful mind exercise. I choose to watch this more often so I would always be filled with positive thoughts. Enjoy!

Breaking Away

A vision is a clearly-articulated, results-oriented picture of a future you intend to create. It is a dream with direction. -Jesse Stoner Zemel

The above quote reminds me of the goals I planted for this year 2011. It really helps writing them down in a notebook or typing them in a Word document. I even take time to read them before I start to do some other tasks in the morning. I was somehow pleased to realize that I am seeing improvements in myself.

However, I still believe I have to bring more positivity in my life. Mind you I almost ruined this day because of my sudden burst of impatience. After reflecting for a few minutes, reality began to strike me like why am I reacting this way. Then I started thinking about the date today. It’s already 21st and Friday! I realize I must still end this weekday with a smile in my face. Glad I did! I have successfully changed my attitude towards the situation. I am happy to share this gratefulness as well as the song that came up to my mind. Enjoy reading and even singing the lyrics of the song called Smile:

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking.
When there are clouds in the sky
you’ll get by.

If you smile through your pain and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through
For you.

Light up your face with gladness,
Hide every trace of sadness.
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying.
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile-
If you just smile.