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Friday Reads – Tattoos on the Heart

2 Mar

My mom gave me a book last weekend to check out called Tattoos on the Heart – The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle.  At first I was reluctant to read it because I really need uplifting and motivating books in my life right now but this one was a pleasant surprise.  There are very sad moments in the book but I was more than moved by the power of caring.  Gregory Boyle has dedicated his life to God and Gangs in a very interesting combination.  I’ve never been super religious but find that I am definitely spiritual in a way that I believe in fate, compassion and things happening for a reason.

Gregory Boyle jumps into East LA to really take his best aim at uniting and giving purpose to gang members looking for a way out.  He talks about pivotal moments of change and patterns that start to become recognizable.  Also, he speaks of the power of love.  It’s amazing how when even the toughest guy from the projects gets told he’s important, he just starts to cry and begin to turn his life around.  It’s a hard but good book to read.  I found peace in the fact that we are only human and one person can make a huge difference in a lot of lives.  It’s also a quick read.  I read it on the train every day and in one week, I finished it.  So if you are looking for an inspiring and interesting book, pick this one up!

Happy Friday everybody and have a great weekend!

Where will you be 5 years from today??

28 Oct

Ian’s mom, Frida, recently gave him the book Where Will You Be 5 Years From Today by Dan Zadra and I think it’s safe to say I’ve abducted  it from him.  This book seriously re-vamped my attitude towards future goals and is a good reminder of the fact that nothing is out of reach.  Life is all about figuring out what you want and how to get it and this book is a good guide to searching for and obtaining those things.

Sometimes I find myself saying to myself I’m too tired to work on something I have in the works for the future but the future is exciting and should give me energy.  This book is really interesting and a good investment if you ask me.  The most important investment you can make is in yourself.

This is your life, your one-and-only life.  You determine what’s possible.  Make choices, ask questions, take steps – today is the day