The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson, PhD with Lou Aronica.
Great book – very enjoyable read with a style that made me laugh out loud at several points. I’d recommend it for anyone, and thought it would be particularly helpful for anyone who has or interacts with children and anyone who doesn’t absolutely love their profession.
It speaks about dance and dancers throughout – including a very compelling story about Gillian Lynne in the first chapter.
Extremely interesting read, great depth, and numerous excellent examples of how individuals found their “Element” – which the author defines, in part, as ‘the place where the things we love to do and the things we are good at come together.’
I particularly loved his view on intelligence – a broader view than is typical some educational institutions. It reminded me of the college I attended, which ‘weighted’ all courses the same versus some which give more credits for some courses than others. I loved that my freshman course in neuroscience and my friend’s freshman course in African Dance, were equally valued by my college.
I also loved that there was a quote, by aviator Wilbur Wright, that came very close to describing the feeling I love experiencing in dance. “…the sensation is so keenly delightful as to be almost beyond description. More than anything else the sensation is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost, if you can conceive of such a combination.”
Highly enjoyable read. Written by a Harvard Law School graduate who left a high-profile, high-power career to find her true love (writing poetry, 'no I can't do that!'...and where it led...if you are this successful doing what you don't love, think how successful you could be doing what you do love...)...inspiring...her love of writing poetry comes through in her writing style...beautiful...I recommend for anyone interested in hearing the heart-felt details of a journey toward finding what you love to do for a living...not a self-help, follow-these-steps book...if you are in the job of your dreams, might not be for you...if not...check it out...lovely...
Recently read Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. - good book on nutrition -- better than many of the ones I've read in recent years. Introduction and endorsement by Mehmet Oz, who appears frequently on Oprah (or so I'm told).
Recently read the four books in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series -- cute, entertaining -- Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn
The Prophet by Kahil Gibran – written in 1923 – Gem of a book. Gorgeous writing. Thought-provoking. I don’t have the words to describe it to do it justice. I learned of this book through a post by Peaches.
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, by Pema Chodron. Spectacular book. I learned of this author from Larinda McRaven.
Don’t Bite the Hook: Finding Freedom from Anger, Resentment, and Other Destructive Emotions. Audio-book by Pema Chodron. Amazing. If you have a commute, great to listen to while driving. It wasn’t at all what I expected and I truly enjoyed it and have listened to it several times while in my car. A little excerpt from the back cover: “Life has a way of provoking us with traffic jams and computer malfunctions, with emotionally distant partners and crying children – and before we know it, we’re upset. We feel terrible, and we end up saying and doing things that only make matters worse. But it doesn’t have to be that way…”
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind. T. Harv Ecker. Enjoyed reading and the book came with a free attendance to a three-day conference which I also thoroughly enjoyed. I was introduced to this book by Josh.