Sometimes the world in which we live can seem like such a crazy messed up place. Its very important to find solace and keep your own peace to not be sucked into all the negativity and bad things that we see each day. My peace is a good, well written book. If I choose something in the fiction genre, I tend to go for the latest James Patterson novel. It keeps me engaged and wanting to carry the book everywhere I go. I find it harder to focus on my reading because of the many distractions in my daily life. But I have to remind myself to carve out a little "me" time to relax and de-socialize for just a little bit.
I think back to what I did with my time before the social media craze. No FaceBook, no Instagram, no Twitter and not too much email. I read. I read all day long and sometimes would not dart my door. Especially in the winter months. This was my stress reliever. My detox from a rough day at work or stressful relationships (family, friends etc). I could easily pick up several books from the library and just cut the world off. I kinda miss those days. And I find myself needing to retreat back to some of those old habits to maintain. Its very easy to get caught up and lose your sense of solace.
More recently I am interested in self-help and inspirational books. I love affirmations and positive reinforcements to motivate me and help keep me focused on what I should be doing. I'm also reading the Bible more and following up on subjects from the sermon at church. Reading balances me out. When I need some action or suspense Mr. Patterson is my man..but when I need to mellow out and focus The Secret by Rhonda Byrne and Wishes Fulfilled by Dr. Wayne Dyer help to keep me centered.
What are you reading?