Let’s face it, we all go through periods in our life when we need a little inspiration and motivation to help get us out of the dark places we never like to go. Life’s hard. It’s not a cake walk. People change, circumstances change and sometimes we find ourselves lost and confused. Believe me, I’ve been there and definitely know that I’m not the only one.
We go through life putting on a happy face and thinking good thoughts, even through the hard times. We hate to burden others with our pain and we try our best to get through it on our own. But, if we do that too long, eventually, we all crash and burn. Life is not easy.
I have found that there are many people who have been through tough experiences and have used those times to teach and inspire others with their words and lessons learned. It’s the people who have survived adversity and lived to tell their stories and share their journeys.
I wanted to write a post on books that have either been given as gifts or recommended to me during tough times. I wanted to have this post to keep me accountable so I actually take the time to read them, ALL. Sometimes all it takes to rekindle our spirit are words from another person who has walked the walk. Don’t you love that? I absolutely love the power of words and how they can change your life for the better.
Here is a list of inspirational Must-Read books to add to your library. Whether you’ve been betrayed and hurt, need a life change or just inspiration on how to move on and get through difficult times, these books are the ones to snuggle up with a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and get lost in. Along with the title, I’ve also shared a quote found in each book that you can tuck away for reference. It’s a small list, but a good one and definitely, “Pintrest-Worthy”!
“I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.”
“You have been offered “the gift of crisis”. As Kathleen Norris reminds us, the Greek root of the word crisis is “to sift”, as in, to shake out the excesses and leave only what’s important. That’s what crises do. They shake things up until we are forced to hold on to only what matters most. The rest falls away.”
“How strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.”
“The past does not haunt us. We haunt the past. We allow our minds to focus in that direction. We open memories and examine them. We re-experience emotions we felt during the painful events we experienced because we are recalling them in as much detail as we can.”
“I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.”
“So it is the fear, weakness, selfishness, and cowardice of onlookers that permit evil behavior to persist.”
“When a problem is disturbing you, don’t ask, “What should I do about it?” Ask, “What part of me is being disturbed by this?”