• search for fulfillment
    Life Lessons,  Literature

    Hazards in our Search for Fulfillment

    Sometimes we can have a tendency to think about the things we don’t have instead of the things we do have. We can call these daydreams or fantasies or wishful thinking as we search for fulfillment in our lives. These experiences of wish fulfillment aren’t a recent development. They’ve been with us probably since we started wanting things. There’s even a commandment on coveting your neighbor’s property. But that’s another topic. What I want to focus on in this post is our tendency to daydream about the “what if’s“. The feeling of not doing enough or not having the life experiences we see on social media or online. This brings…

  • Why keep a commonplace book? It's easy to overlook information that interests us when we are overwhelmed by the volume of information we see every day.
    Literature

    Capturing Words of Wisdom – Creating a Commonplace Book

    There’s something I learned about a few years ago and it’s something I would have enjoyed knowing earlier. But better late than never. People have created and maintained books or notes that serve to collect thoughts, quotes, moments of introspection, transcribed passages from reading — anything of purpose worth reviewing later. These books and collected notes are called a commonplace book. Why keep a commonplace book today? It’s easy to overlook the information that interests us when we are overwhelmed by the volume of information we are exposed to every day. Fundamentally, a commonplace book is a collection of quotes we find interesting and relevant to what we believe or what’s contrary…

  • Reading styles for reading goals
    Literature

    Reading with Purpose – A Perspective on Understanding

    I like to read and I do a lot of reading for work but one experience I’ve learned from reading is that there’s a big difference in reading to know and reading to understand. For the most part, I think we can get by with reading to know. I started to see the difference and importance between knowing and understanding when trying to absorb large amounts of information day after day As a result, I had to change the type of reading style I use depending on what I read and my reading goals. I can be a more active reader to fully understand the information presented when necessary. Knowing…

  • creating a home library can be a great outcome from setting reading goals
    Literature

    Making Time for Reading – A Perspective on Learning

    I haven’t always enjoyed reading. I do a lot of reading at my job so I would find it tiring, after reading all day, to go home and read more. So I ended up not reading as much as I think I should have and felt like I was missing out on something. I figured out ways to help me get into reading, I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to read the classics and contemporary works. Here are some ways I used to help me read more. Make a reading plan Reading goals Set simple goals; if you’re like me and can read 1 or 2 books a month…

  • Reading can open us up to a whole world of possibiliteis
    Literature

    Reading the Classics – A Perspective on Reading

    One part of my personal vision is to catch up on reading. I want to get back to the classics and contemporary works I read when I was younger or missed out on. So I have a short list of around 150 books. I’m not sure if that’s a lot because I’ll also read other books as I find the time. Yet my goal around this vision point is to read 2 books a month (quick math: just over 6 years to complete). A lot of the books can be found at our local public libraries so the cost is low but the benefits are high, here are some reasons…