While I find myself feeling nearly convicted in only selecting some books I’ve read and marking them as “the life-changing books”, there are certainly ones that have stood out to me. I come from the perspective that there is something to learn from every book you read and that each book will impact you on some level - whether the effects be conscious or unconscious.
If we live in our minds, then the mind is like a home and we should be careful who and what we let inside. We should lock up at night, tend to it's cleanliness, and find comfort within.
I assume you're probably questioning the direction of this post, doubting it will impact you, and you're probably skeptical about what “crafting your own education” means anyway.
That is, if you’re like me.
Through reading, you add joy to the mind and apply new perspectives to the world. The moment you learn something new or have an epiphany, it's as if the world shifts a little - and you're the only witness.
Running a front desk comes with more hurdles than people assume. All at once, the phones are going crazy, people are lining up with questions, someone’s mad, another guy’s lost, and someone else is telling you their life story. (Not interested, buddy!!) At times, you may feel like you’re babysitting grown professionals (seriously, the only difference is you don’t have to change diapers). And, of course, among the chaos, you can’t forget to smile!
Most of us are introduced to MBTI by taking the online test recommended by a friend or family member. That is also how I was introduced to it a few years back, and of course, I was amazed by the accuracy of my results. (If you haven’t taken the test yet, you can take it here.)
I consider that moment to be one of the more defining moments in my life. It sparked a curiosity that soon developed into a passion and now plays a huge role in my worldview.
You had an idea.
You fell in love with it.
Eventually, you started telling people about how excited you were about this idea.
Some of those people even encouraged you and thought it was great.
Everyone has certain things they feel they must experience in life. Too often, we allow things to get in the way of those visions becoming a reality. Norms, routine, fear, etc., and we can forget to overlook the first step of overcoming these obstacles. But that very first step is to visualize. To be still, wonder, and realize that your life must have more. Not for selfish reasons, but because life is made to be an adventure. You can't have that adventure without the curiosity to guide you.
That's why I love vision boards. Because they're a tool to help you do exactly that - visualize.
I think it's time we stop running from fear. It's also time to stop fighting it. Instead, we should become one with it. Shake its hand and welcome it in. Bravery doesn't result from running away. We don't gain strength from going senseless. But if you can walk through life with a willingness to embrace challenges, and be intentional as you go about it, you will experience freedom.
Five words: It's. Been. Way. Too. Long.
As you can see, it’s been about a month since my last blog post. Much has happened and I’m excited to write on a regular basis again.