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Self-reflection means to observe and comprehend oneself. Being aware of your thoughts, emotions, capacity, and desires is important to lead a life of harmony.
With the on-going pandemic, whether you are productive or bored, here’s a list of books that highlight the importance of being self-reflective.
Rising Strong by Brene Brown
Rising Strong gives the message to brace ourselves and own our failures, heartbreak, and sorrows. The author tells that it is a struggle indeed that helps one to become victorious in life. Brene Brown’s idea of compassion and empathy is also why people love this book. In her words, “Empathy is not finite, and compassion is not a pizza with eight slices. When you practice empathy and compassion with someone, there is not less of these qualities to go around. There’s more.”
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Life is uncertain and so is death. If you have been given a last chance to impart a message to the world, what would it be?
When Paush was asked a similar question, he decided to give his “last lecture” titled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”. It was about seizing every opportunity with optimism, conquer obstacles, and enable our dreams. The book is about everything Paush believed in his life before dying of terminal cancer.
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Every person has an elder who is insightful and wise and who advises them to keep going against the odds. It could be their father, mother, grandparents, uncle, or a teacher. Someone who tells us to go after magic when the world immerses itself in logic. For Mitch, it was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from twenty years ago.
Mitch revisits his professor every Tuesday who is at the last stage of his life. Mitch asks mature questions about life and receives one final class: lessons on how to live.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
It is a tale of the time when the celebrated writer Gilbert faced a midlife crisis by the time she turned thirty. Though well-educated and aspiring, fear and dilemma slowly started to engulf her. That’s when the writer takes a dire step: a yearlong solitary journey to three countries leaving behind all her worries and burden. Eat, Pray, Love is the exciting account of Gilbert’s journey of self-discovery, introspection, and contentment.