Take Some Time Out, To Do Nothing

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“There’s a reason we are called human beings, not human doings” – Unknown

It’s only after an impromptu stop at a coffee shop after a regular swim class that I’d usually rush out of, to get to my next tasks of the day, sitting in the close comforts of a book and some heartful conversations, did I ask myself – how often do we do this? How often do we take time out to enjoy doing nothing? The simple joys of being in a moment, cherishing a cup off coffee, or spending time doing nothing, yet cherishing that nothingness. We’re all too busy either doing things, or failing to do them, meeting targets or failing to meet them, working towards goals, or failing to work towards them, but once in a while, it’s OK to not belong to either of the sides.

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10 Things I Learned From Self Help Books

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One great habit that I’ve picked up in recent years, is to read/listen to self-help books. I truly enjoy reading, and adding self-help books to my reading list, has contributed more to my life than I asked for. Bit by bit, they’ve kept me motivated, opened my mind to new horizons, and left me with snippets that I think of, and apply in real life, from time to time.

Here are ten things that I’ve learned from various self-help books I’ve read. Some of these I’ve implemented in my life, some I’m trying to, and some I can’t wait to implement soon.

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Profound quotes from “Me Before You”

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Late one night, as I surfed through movies to watch, a particular one caught my attention. Titled “Me Before You”, and a poetic poster to go with it, i decided to watch it, only to kill time. By the end of the movie, I became a fan, and how!

Based on a novel by Jojo Moyes, Me Before You, is the story of Louisa Clark and Will Traynor, played by exceptional actors, breathing life into the well written characters. In a bid to help the quadriplegic Will Traynor, believe in living life again, Louisa gets helped instead, getting out of her shell she didn’t even know she was living in. As the two fall in love, the story highlights more on the essence of life and its colors, and the importance of living well, no matter how long you live, or where you do! My take away from the movie was to live simply, boldly and just live! You’ve got only one life after all.

I’d recommend everyone who’s into such genre of movies to watch it, and delve into the life insights it takes you through. Until then, here are some impressive quotes from the movie and the book, about life and love.

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Why I’d recommend reading to everyone

Open a book, and you open a mind.

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I had been out of touch with reading for a while. Life’s priorities took over. There was also a year where I dedicated my time solely to write one, and the reading sabbatical extended another  year. Now that I’m back to reading, I feel like a new reader again. Apart from the good old traditional books, i also invest time in going through some amazing blogs related to mind and life. The benefits reading brings, seems like a very less explored area to me. You’ll hear people rave about fitness, travel, clothing and more, but not many speak about books and reading. I wonder why it is, that reading is considered more nerdy, than cool. Personally, I’ve never felt cooler than with a book in my hand, and words in my mind.

As my reading picked up of late, I see welcome changes in me, that I wasn’t even looking for.

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