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August 2018 RBRC

A little late again but time to join in with Mliae’s Recycled Book Reading Challenge post. Their post for August isn’t up yet having recently been travelling and I don’t know if the challenge is continuing but I’m joining in anyway. Here’s a link to the latest post, an extreme lifestyle experiment, over there in the meantime. I’ll update link if an RBRC post appears another day.

I listed this post in today’s MonthlyLookAhead post at my other blog and decided to strike while the iron’s hot instead of putting it off till tomorrow or whenever.

I’ve been missing in action a couple of months again, apologies as always.

Still not concentrating well enough for fiction reading attempts. One of these days I’ll be able to read and review a book properly!

In the meantime, ignoring the book I last read about a local architect, can’t even remember his name right now… this month I’m dipping into this:

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‘The Little Book of Calm’ by Paul Wilson offers many fairly generic statements, gems of wisdom, perhaps enabling small but worthy enough health improvements.

This overpriced £1.99 retail price book was gifted to me by a dear friend about 20 years ago now, around my becoming a mother again, along with another similar but different one. (A different friend to the last book also being a gift). This might have been a pre-read so secondhand gift as it was accompanied by a gorgeous basketful of flowers to decorate my hospital room that my friend had arranged herself. This book always conjures that image of those flowers and the well-wishing visit so is a heart-warming reminder. I might part with it one day, when I’ve noted any useful tips in it enough.

But honestly, suggestions such as walk to the speed of a waltz, unless I have no choice to walk at ultra-slow pace, simply make attempts to walk more painful and exhausting. I imagine upbeat fast-paced tunes while I walk, I imagine the earth sliding beneath my feet as if I only have to put one foot in front of the other over and again and as if walking is then almost effortless. The book tells me to live and walk in 3/4 time as if waltzing!

Why do I have to be so atypical and awkward?

There are some hints and tips I find myself in total agreement with though, such as:

“WORRY WHEN THE TIME COMES
Most worries are future-based. They revolve around things that, in most cases, will never happen.
Concentrate on the present and the future will take care of itself.”

Paul Wilson, The Little Book of Calm’

So, I agree with such advice, but usually have an afterthought adding to it too:

It’s always a good idea to be prepared though. For instance, I’d been kicking myself for wasting my money on a mobile wifi hotspot while I never go anywhere to use it; anytime my router was on the blink I just appreciated the rest and tried to be patient – and didn’t wish to waste my little data allowance until I really need it.

Now my router’s on the blink permanently I’m glad I worried about potential internet loss enough to have emergency provision ready to hand. And I do have enough books stacking up waiting to be finished for recycled book reading to try not missing the internet until I get my services returned to me.

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PS: If I appear MIA in future, I might or might not be only micro-blogging at my swishing4th.com site (wordpress enabled of course)…

What recycled reading are you picking up this month?

 

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