Some of you know I've been working on a book, which partially explains my light blog posting frequency lately. If I have an Achilles tendon as a writer, it may be that I do not like publishing anything that is not thoughtful or useful to the reader in some way. Therefore, the more thoughtful and useful, the more time and energy it takes to complete!
I suppose I could lock myself in a room and dedicate more time of the day and night to finish the book but that would have a diminishing effect on the quality of the writing and, more importantly, the quality of life, which is a central theme of the book!
I'm not fond of definitions or labels but this project can be considered an "annotated book of quotations." But unlike most books of quotations, this one is not designed to sit on a coffee table and is not intended for the purpose of providing intermittent inspirations that take the reader farther away from life, rather than closer to it.
Here's a brief excerpt from my forthcoming book to help explain my point:
If the contents of most inspirational books were a food diet, they would consist primarily of sugary snacks—rewarding treats that are quickly consumed, providing you with short bursts of energy but offering very little nutritional value to carry you throughout the day and into the next day. Inspiration feels good to you now but it does not often help you later; it feeds the dream but starves the Self; it is the chocolate cake that is only good while you are eating it.
...However, a mindful menu of thoughts that is consciously constructed can enable you to return to life ready to live—to help you form traits that last, not states that dissolve: One authentic action in reality is worth more than one-thousand inspirations that feed the dream.
And thus you are given a few of the book's primary themes--awareness and authenticity. The book's chapters are sequenced in such a way that the reader will evolve in a progression that begins with reflection on life by the most effective means possible--by beginning at the end--with notes and quotes on death. So, in essence, the reader will be enabled to "wake up" and embrace and clarify life through a progression of chapters, such as presence, awareness, self-knowledge, meaning, purpose, self-actualization, and back to reflecting again.
The current sub-title of the book is "mastery of life," which is my aim for the reader to achieve:
Life is not something to be survived; it is to be lived; and this is what I call mastery of life. This mastery does not mean control, nor does it require perfection. Control is an illusion. You gain control when you let go of the desire for control and end your struggle against nature. Life is simple; there is no reason to make it complex or for you to suffer needlessly. Just recognize what is false, remove it, and you will discover that you are already perfect and that life is a beautiful gift.
I plan to publish the book in the Spring. Thanks for being a part of my journey as a writer. I hope that I have helped you in some small way along the path.