The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I couldn't absorb it fast enough. I had to 'read, mark, learn and inwardly digest' it.
I'd borrowed it from the library, so I couldn't do make my usual margin notes, add my usual sticky notes to bookmark pages I'd want to re-read.
I might just have to buy a copy, or maybe one of the kids will get it for my birthday (hint, hint). ;-)
Dallas Willard. Weightier, perhaps, but for this purportedly-Christian reader, another in-depth prod in the direction of Real Life.
For 2011, my Word of the Year is "Enough". Unconsciously, both these books -- and others -- plus prayer, counsel, stumbling and getting up again, have served over the past 8 months to drive the point home:
- It is ENOUGH;
- You ARE enough;
- Life IS enough.
And then, this morning, cruising through TED Talks (I've taken to listening to at least one a day, flipping through the speakers alphabetically and selecting topics that catch my attention), I found Brene Brown on Vulnerability. I understand Dr. Brown. She and I have a similar approach to life: it's messy, and we need to clean it up. Problem is, sometimes the mess refuses to be cleaned up. Been there. Handled it by trying to escape, close my ears/eyes/mind/heart to it. Refused to GO THERE again. No risks = no pain, right?
When we numb vulnerability, we numb EVERYTHING, including HAPPINESS.