For years now, I’ve had a small collection of inspirational, advice, and self-help books. A couple books about parenting, a book of Zen proverbs, books about writing, books about living simply, etc. Every now and then I’d read through one of them to remind myself of the useful or inspiring things I read the first time, to be sure they were always in my mind.
Lots of self-help books are mostly filler, though, so I might read a hundred pages and only get ten pages of what I want. With the Zen proverbs book, there are only a few I particularly like but I had to keep the whole book for them. And of course, with so many books, I couldn’t stay regularly updated on them all.
About a month ago I got the idea that I’d compile a book of advice/inspiration/help for myself, made of the most useful things from those books and also what’s in my head. Continue reading