Summertime is my time to create.
I see fewer clients, travel less, and reduce my speaking gigs. I spend more time communing with nature and connecting with my soul-family.
This summer, my creative spirit has been devoted to writing a book. Today, I’m writing to you from a place my heart will always call home. British Columbia.
In this space, I am inspired to share with you seven books that could deepen how you create.
This is part four of a five part post on books that have changed how I live, heal, create and love.Part one :: classic books for deepening how you live, heal, create & love Part two :: 10 books that could deepen how you live. Part three :: 6 books that could deepen how you heal
Made to Stick “The stars of stickiness are the students who made their case by telling stories, or by tapping into emotion, or by stressing a single point rather than ten.”
Art of Non-Conformity “The concept of deferred gratification, or sacrificing now to save for the future, can be helpful in setting aside money in a retirement account for old age. It can also serve as an effective rationalization for life avoidance.”
Sacred Economics “Ultimately, work on self is inseperable from work in the world. Each mirrors the other; each is a vehicle for the other. When we change ourselves, our values and actions change as well. When we do work in the world, internal issues arise that we must face or be rendered ineffective.”
Steal Like An Artist “You don’t get to pick your family, but you can pick your teachers and you can pick your friends and you can pick the music you listen to and you can pick the books you read and you can pick the movies you see. You are, in fact, a mashup of what you choose to let into your life. You are the sum of your influences. The German writer Goethe said, “We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.” Succulent Wild Woman “Most things are out of our control. We are surrounded by danger, frustration, grief, and insanity as well as love, hope, ecstasy, and wonder. Being fully human is an exercise in humility, suffering, grace, and great humor. Things and people all around us die, get broken, or are lost. There is no safety or guarantees. The way to accomplish the assignment of truly living is to engage fully, richly, and deeply in the living of your dreams. We are made to dream and to live those dreams.” Let your Life Speak: Listening To The Voice of Vocation “We must come together in ways that respect the solitude of the soul that avoid the unconscious violence we do when we try to save each other that evoke our capacity to hold another life without dishonoring its mystery never trying to coerce the other into meeting our own needs.”
The War of Art: Break Through The Blocks and Win Your Creative Battles “The most pernicious aspect of procrastination is that it can become a habit. We don’t just put off our lives today; we put them off till our deathbed. Never forget: This very moment, we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny. This second we can turn the tables on Resistance. This second, we can sit down and do our work.”
Up next, the final post in this series, 10 books that could deepen how you love.
Until next time, may your creative spirit be liberated,