Thursday, September 29, 2011

"Self-Help" Books - Becoming fully actualized!

I picked up two books by Suzanne Willis Zoglio.  Neither were difficult reads – and in fact, both were not intended to be read “straight through” – but more as resource books for reframing one’s life.  Both books are really more a collection of “wisdom sayings” – alongside stories and suggestions – for improving one’s life.  Create A Life That Tickles Your Soul and Recharge in Minutes:  The Quick-Lift Way to Less Stress, More Success, and Renewed Energy.  Nothing complex here – but good ways to, in fact, recalibrate.  The first ten suggestions in Recharge were great in themselves.  Practice “Morning Intent” – Do, Defer or Delegate -  Learn to really breathe -  Complete One Thing – Throw One Back – Get Physical – Accept a Helping Hand – Get Rid of the Ghosts – Stop Shoulding on Yourself – Plan Tomorrow Today.


The Good Among the Great:  19 Traits of the Most Admirable, Creative and Joyous people by Donald Van de Mark.  I find it humorous to read books like this – because they are really quite simple at their core.   Van de Mark takes 19 traits from Maslow – based on Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs – including his view of those who are at the highest levels of self-actualization.  The traits of “the good among the great” are not new ideas that Van de Mark has found, but his assembly of stories from persons he has interviewed that might have many (if not all) of the traits first identified by Maslow.  A simple review of Maslow’s theory (thought it is criticized) would prove as sufficient as reading the book by Van de Mark.  Autonomy, Loving, Ethical, Unaffected, Private, Detached, Experiential, Realistic, Laid back, Performance and Process oriented, Egalitarian, Jolly, Empathetic, Dutiful, Appreciative, Creative, Exuberant, Joyous, and Transcendent.  But, can anyone, truly be all of these things?  Certainly not at one time nor at all times.  I suppose though, we should all learn to live these traits in the right moments.  But discerning those correct moments takes wisdom itself.

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