Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sunday Salon : Readathons & The Solace of Books


This past week was really difficult for me. I had very little work which opened up a whole range of financial worries for me. It's interesting how easy it is for us to be derailed from positivity. What really helped me this  week was this:

 Having Monday completely free, I dove into reading! I sorted through my books made a stack and just let myself relax and read. After the first day I found my spirits lifting. I finished three books on Monday and had some great online conversations with some other readathon participants.

On Tuesday I also didn't have any work scheduled so I continued my reading binge. As I lost myself in the pages of Long Gone by Alafair Burke and Passing Strange by Daniel Waters, I found my stress melting away. Books are the one thing in my life that has always made sense. Engrossed in  a really good read I found my emotional stress fade away. I really let go, and remarkable things began to happen. My phone began to ring, email appointments began to pour in as I write this I'm conscious of the fact that I only have a few hours before I have to go see some clients.

Last Sunday I watched an interview Oprah had with George Lucas ( I'm a huge Star Wars geek ) In one of the segments Oprah was taking to George and his girlfriend Melanie. Oprah asked each of the couple what the other had taught them in their relationship. Melanie described how before she met George her life was mainly focused on her work. Melanie is a financial whiz, I'm not sure exactly what she does but I know its in finance and we all know the energy that's prevalent in the financial world right now!

What stuck with me most though is what she said after. She said George had really taught her to accept what the universe was giving her "to not push against it". I realised that a lot of my stress this week was the side affect of "pushing" against what my work week had become. Nothing changed until I stopped pushing and just accepted my unexpected time off. I now feel  grateful for time I had  off and the opportunity to rest and read. Oh and I finished 10 books!

Hope you all had a great week, I'm off to catch a movie before my afternoon clients.



Vasilly said...

I'm sorry about your financial trouble. I know how that can be. I'm glad to hear that reading changed your mood and things are better. Have a great week!

Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

Kai, I'm with you on the financial end. I'm limited on the work I can do and I've had a heck of a time finding a job. I always try to stay positive though. You never know when the tide will turn.

Of course, I'm thoroughly impressed with the amount of books you read, but not surprised. You always manage to rock the read-a-thons. I think I'm going to start calling you Super Girl Reader (yes, I have named you a super hero). LOL! I'm pretty sure that you are the winner of Kate's challenge for the most books read. I'm still double checking everyone's wrap-ups, and so far, you have read the most. I'll let you know as soon as it's certain.

The next read-a-thon is this Spring and it's scary themed! I'm hosting at Castle Macabre and I'm still choosing the name for it. I have a poll up over there to vote on the name. If you haven't already, stop on by and vote.