by Brian Tracy, 2001
Eat That Frog! is one of those self-help type books I’ve encountered on the productivity/start-your-own-business websites I peruse. It’s been touted as a great instruction manual for learning how to get off your ass and start getting things done, and so I added it to my list of books that I should probably read. When a recent water shut-off at my apartment building forced me out for a day, I found myself browsing the shelves of a bookstore, where I grabbed this book and promptly read it cover to cover. It’s a slim volume and an easy read and although I personally didn’t learn a whole lot new from it, I can see why people find it valuable.
One of the more difficult picks for me on the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge list was to read a book by an author from southeast Asia. I don’t know much about literature from this area – and thus the purpose of the challenge, to expand literary horizons – so I felt that my choice would be fairly random and rather hit or miss. Then I saw that one of my GoodReads friends had saved a book by Thich Nhat Hahn, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk with a proliferation of writings on peace, mindfulness, and love. I, as much as anyone, could use some help in those areas.
I’ve wanted to read Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project (2009) for some time. At some point in my life I came to the realization that happy is something you choose to be. We’ve all known people who, no matter what’s going right in their life, always find something to complain about. And we’ve all known people who, not matter what chaos surrounds them, seem to maintain their sunny disposition. I’m pretty sure I’ve been the former for most of my life, and seeing this in other people made me recognize it in myself. My life is far from perfect, but every day I try to focus on what makes me happy rather than what does not. I want to choose happiness.