I wanted to share some great works that have helped shape some of the best parts of my soul. This is nowhere near all of them, but alas, I will share the “tip of the iceberg” as they say (you know my feelings on cliches). I could honestly write a book on the books that have shaped me. Never mind movies, video games, places, and most importantly; people… I have lived on this earth for 33 beautiful years and it would take me a thousand to sum up what has been shared with me. I’ll start with these. Keep in mind as you read, I want to hear from you in the comments as well!
This book was introduced to me back in junior high and was one of the few school readings I truly enjoyed. While I don’t remember it in it’s entirety, I remember feeling for the savage who was lost in a whole new world and being the only one “awoken”. His choice (no spoilers) is such a powerful message towards the power of hope/hopelessness and how we must either transcend from the doom and gloom of negative surroundings or be destroyed by them. What will you choose?
Speaking to choice and the power of your will, next up is The Secret. This book, introduced to me a lifetime ago by now published romance author DC Caruso, shaped many life happenings I have been blessed to experience. The law of attraction and the power of your own thoughts and will has played such a driving force in countless events of my life. If I was t plot points in a chart or draw you a picture from here to the moon, you would believe in it as well. You can watch the movie here, and I can promise you will find the power to take action towards achieving your dreams and building your best life. “Build it and it will come” because the law of attraction, requires action.
“Colors blind the eyes,
Sounds deafen the ears,
Flavors numb taste,
Thoughts weaken the mind…”
No, I’m not talking about a Senses Fail song.
How you get what your heart desires is one thing, but what is desire and why must we be in a state of motion whilst chasing something to feel happiness. Does the constant hunger for something more not eventually starve the soul? Ah, a timeless question since days long ago when “I think therefore I am” was still being pondered by the great philosophers of old. If you have escaped, or seek to escape Plato’s allegorical cave, I recommend this thought-provoking read to further enlighten your mind.
Originally, I was actually guilted into playing this game if you could believe it. Here I am, 14 years later, running a decade+ long campaign, writing a book series off of it and telling everyone how great it is while offering to teach them how to play. The friendships, worlds, and dreams I have conjured into my very being through this game are infinite. If you haven’t played dungeons and dragons (or other RPG), I can’t recommend it enough. Find a good DM and some open-minded, fun people and play to your hearts content. If you are seeking adventure, passion, love, and glory, look no further – you can find it all here. Need an adventuring party? Reach out to me and place yourself in the world of Radiant Heroes if you dare.
Simon Sinek is one of the most powerful speakers I have ever experienced. Largely he speaks to empowering leaders to recognize their power, develop their strategy, and ultimately elevate those in their charge with compassion and empathy. If you have 40 minutes to spare, here is one of one of my personal favorite speeches he’s given. Action, effort, genuine care – the infinite powers embolden by time and instilled in each and every one of us. You have the same 24 hours in your day as the most successful people in the world, as the greatest leaders in history! But… what will you do with it?
Take these all together… Making my choice to allow myself to dream, taking action to execute the law of attraction, pondering the deeper meanings of literature and fiction, delving into the world of fantasy with my life-party to define an element of my own personal “why” – I present the initial sum of my creation. This journey is as much an inlet as it is an outlet and again, I am blessed to have acquired the mentors and friends through this great chapter of my life. As for the Radiant Heroes series, there is plenty more to come!
Tell me what’s written on your pages, what books inspire and create your very soul.
Tell me down in the comments and feel free to share a link.
Thank you for checking in!