With a new year, or even a new day, let’s start off with beauty, joy and all good things.
Things have been rough, whether we are talking about the year 2020, last month or even just yesterday. Positive affirmations are popular for a reason, because we need them. We need positivity to help combat depression, loss, marital issues or just a general rough time.
I am doing my best to bring more joy into my life. Sometimes, I wake up just feeling ‘bleh’ and it pulls me down all day long. So, I’m hoping that a positive focus will help me get closer to that being more regular and less rare.
Part of my working on that area, is reading again. There was a time when I devoured books. I was constantly reading something and I loved it. As I got older, busier and life got crazier (narcolepsy did not help), I read less and less. So, this year that is changing. I’ve even found a reading challenge that I intend to work toward this year. I’ll post about it later, so be sure and check back.
In the meantime, let me tell you why this book is on my list (and night stand).
The Ravenous Gown & 14 More Tales about Real Beauty
This book is full of 15 short stories about real beauty. We all know that isn’t what is seen on the outside. It’s inspiring to be reminded that inner strength and intelligence is, indeed, true beauty. The fact that it is broken up, makes me think that it will be easier for me to get through on busy days. I’ll be able to read a short story a day, right?
In a day when princesses have been boiled down to beautiful ball gowns comes a new kind of fairy tale.
Fall under the spell of a “Once upon a time . . . ” where beauty is bigger than a reflection, where wisdom makes girls extraordinary, and where curses are broken through the strength and character of unlikely heroines.
A magnificent collection of short stories written in fairy tale prose The Ravenous Gown captures the essence of a stronger, smarter princess–the kind that actually lives happily ever after.
How I Find These Things on the Worst Days
Every day I force myself to find something that brings me even the tiniest piece of joy. Some days, I don’t feel it but I know that it’s there. Those days, I have to seek out a lot of things until it works. That’s one of the things I loved about the book above, not relevant at the moment, but true.
Persistence is key, apparently.
I have a dear friend who is very good at seeing the positive things in all situations. For example, when our house was destroyed by a sewage leak, his response was “well, you get an almost new house!” Seriously, who has that response? To be honest though, it was a perspective reminder that I needed, I also required occasional reminders.
Positivity isn’t always easy, but with persistence it sinks in eventually. Even when we don’t want to admit it, deep down it helps a little.
What brings you joy? Where do you find beauty?
Journey with me, maybe we can all make life a little better for each other. Feel free to comment, reach out on social media or wherever and we can journey together.