Soul-stirring books

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

This girl is pure courage. I enjoyed this book for many reasons.

  1. It is a world I have never experienced and one I can’t imagine. But to think this bleak scenario is normal for many is heartbreaking and scary. 
  2. The reality that people still live in an environment driven by guns, bullets, destruction, hatred, repression and oppression is hard to swallow. The fact that children are exposed to this is even more tragic.
  3. Malala’s strength, courage, spirit and wisdom are inspiring. 
  4. Malala’s sense of gratitude and her intentional positive outlook of life is heartening and uplifting.
  5. Her honesty is very appealing. Malala is just like us and she isn’t afraid to keep it real. She feels insecure about her appearance, lonely, scared, argues with her friends and brothers, cries and even feels upset when someone else does better than her. She is very relatable which makes her strength seem accessible to all of us too. Strength, courage and perseverance is inside all of us too!

    This is a great book for people of all ages as it shows that once one is connected to the spirit of love, peace and oneness within, no obstacle is too big and no task is impossible. 

    It also shows that being peaceful does not mean being passive and surrendered. It means choosing your battles wisely and fighting them persistently despite your fears and any hatred and criticisms that might come your way.

    With yourself

    I ask for courage

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    I ask for the courage to live my life in the deepest truth of my soul, for in there, lies my ability to serve and connect.

    Living wholeheartedly is never easy. We have been told by the world over and over again since birth that there is a certain way to live, feel, think, and act in order to fit in. Life does not come with a manual but there is an invisible manual that we are told to abide by. An invisible manual created by invisible people, who drowned themselves in the “rules of life” to please others at the cost of their own inner truth.

    I found out that true courage is about being afraid, very afraid and still taking a chance to live in my truth. And it might not always work out in the way I intended, but it works out in a way that will ultimately continue leading me to my truth. It is ok to make mistakes along the way. There is no such thing as perfection. Yet, there is a perfection in the way life gives me exactly what I want. Exactly what I put out into the world with my feelings. Exactly what I believe in.

    So tell me, why do I need to follow an invisible manual created by invisible people when there is an invisible force that is there to guide and connect me to my immense, invisible power?