Posted by Annette on May 17, 2017
If your soul's energy is flagging, it probably needs to be fed. Here are five go-to resources to visit when you're aching to be lit up.
I get excited every week when I see the Brainpickings newsletter arrive in my inbox. I save each individual article to Instapaper so I can savor them offline in my quiet hours. From Rilke on the soul-expanding value of difficulty to the Stockholm Syndrome of superego to Virginia Woolf's knucklebiting love letters to Vita Sackville-West, there is no end of inspiration here.
Letters of Note collects the most beautiful, wild, divine and profane words that humans have ever written to each other. Each is a treasure. The multitude of perspectives represented there has a way of helping the reader think around problems that may be totally unrelated to, say, Willy Wonka's costume, the grief of an ancient Chinese widow, or the speech written for Nixon in case the moon mission didn't go so well. Perspective lives in the cacophony of communication, just waiting to be unearthed.
Galvanizing, elevating, deepening -- Danielle's style is at once profoundly accepting and profoundly, ass-kickingly change-oriented. There's a reason her book is called The Fire Starter Sessions.
Exile Lifestyle's Colin Wright delves into the details. He throws the doors open wide to robust (but thoughtful) ambition. He lets you peek. He ups the stakes. He casts his own net wide for inspiration, and he shares the many jewels he finds.
This is one of the most personally impactful books I've ever read. Journalist Mason Currey plumbed through loads of first-person and direct-observer references to comped an encyclopedic series of "typical days." They're riveting reading, and nothing has proven to me more thoroughly that there is no such thing as a perfect way to work; there is only a perfect way for you to build your days in a way that allows you to grow to your fullest potential. The book is entirely worth the purchase; here's the related blog, which will whet your appetite.