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Stillness Is The Key by Ryan Holiday Book Review

“Stillness is a powerful way to find contentedness and success in life.”

In his book, “Stillness Is The Key,” Ryan Holiday talks about the importance of stillness in our day to day lives.

According to Ryan, “Stillness is not about inactivity. It’s about powerful moments that change our lives.”

Stillness help us think clearly, avoid distraction, conquer impulses, and eventually find happiness.

We are constantly stressed out from overflowing inboxes and constant stream of social media notifications popping up every minute.

Prominent people from all walks of life are being featured in this book and how they cultivate stillness into their lives; including John F. Kennedy, Tiger Woods, Anne Frank, and other figures.

“If people could find peace within themselves, they would still be able to think, work, and be well even if the world is at war.” -Philosopher Seneca

Ryan Holiday also talks about slowing things down and being in the present moment in his book, “Stillness Is The Key.”

Nowadays, we take photos instead of enjoying a beautiful sunset. We take several photos of our food taking time to get the perfect angle to look pretty on Instagram, instead of eating it while it’s still warm and delicious. We check our phones while staying in line at the grocery store.

We’re constantly bombarded with information. Too much of anything is not good. Including too much information.

In a busy, noisy world, stillness is the key to peace, clarity, and happiness.

Ryan Holiday also talks about how journaling is a time of reflection. I couldn’t agree more.

I used to journal a few years back. No wonder I was more calm and collected than I am now. I journal from time to time though, when I remember. This book reminded me how freeing it is to write your thoughts down. Or even just be still and listen to my own thoughts.

Keep a journal. Write down your thoughts before going to bed and you’ll find yourself being free from those noisy thoughts swirling in your head and you’ll be able to sleep soundly.

Journal. Get things off your chest. Find stillness through writing and reflection.

I’m a night person so I don’t wake up early. That’s why during days that I miraculously wake up early, I enjoy the break of dawn with a cup of tea before everyone else awakens. Before the horns start blaring and the children chatter excitedly on their way to school.

A constant companion during these peaceful hours in the morning is a good book and my stuffed animal. Occasionally, a crow would fly near the windowsill as if to say, “Good morning. I see you have woken up early today. Have a nice day.” It does a couple hops towards me but doesn’t get too close, and then it flies away in search for its breakfast.

In “Stillness Is The Key,” Ryan Holiday also talks about the importance of taking naps. I used to take naps when I was in college. I call it a “power nap” where I would take naps for 20-30 minutes after having lunch. When I wake up, I feel refreshed, my head clear of any unnecessary thoughts, and then I head off to take classes.

We tend to feel that there is always something to do. We tell ourselves that we need to reply to that mail. That we have to join the last-minute outing that out friends invited us to. We don’t need to do everything all at once. There is no need to add another thing in our already full plate. You’ll just end up with leftovers and you won’t feel good afterwards.

STOP. Be present. Know your limits. Learn to say, “NO.”

Give attention to your physical health, to your spirit and mind, and you can cultivate “stillness.”

You can feel the “power of stillness” in your life when you slow things down. Calm things down. Quiet things down. Embrace stillness today. 

Overall, “Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday,” is a very insightful read.

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Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time by Rory Vaden Book Review

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In his book, Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time, Rory Vaden talks about how to procrastinate on purpose, but in this book review, I would like to focus on the “multiply your time” part.

Let me just touch a little bit about procrastination though. The procrastination talked about in the book isn’t putting off something you should be doing because you don’t want to. Instead, Rory Vaden talks about having the patience to wait until the optimal time to act.

It allows you to adapt to unpredictable changes, whether that’s a change in the weather, the stock market or a customer’s requirements. In our fast-paced modern world, things tend to change at breakneck speed. So don’t be scared of a little procrastination, and have the patience to wait and see.

Now, on to my favorite part, multiplying time. How do you multiply time? There’s only 24 hours in a day. Multiply it by 2 and you get 48 hours in a day. Woah! He must be a magician to do that! Well, not quite.

It’s more like creating more time by eliminating tasks you don’t necessarily have to do, delegating tasks to other people, prioritizing things, and eliminating distractions so that you can focus on the task at hand and therefore finish it faster. It’s about being productive without being too busy.

“The most successful people never complain about being busy.”

Quit complaining about how much you have to do. Instead of worrying about your to-do list and the hundreds of things that you have to do, get on with it one task at a time.

Oh the satisfaction of crossing out a task in your to-do list after completing it. We tend to add little tasks underestimating its “tinyness” just so we can feel more productive. But in reality, those “tiny” tasks will add up and end up taking much of your time.

Eliminate not add. Less is more. Make more time by going through your tasks with an elimination mindset. Cross out your tasks with the highest priority first. Don’t add tasks unless they’re important not because they feel important. There’s a difference.

Delegate tasks. Don’t try to do everything by yourself. Use another pair of hands because as the saying goes, “Many hands make work light.”

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Favorite Lines from Matched by Ally Condie 

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Book Title: Matched

Author: Ally Condie

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Here are the quotes I like from the first book of the Matched Trilogy.

“The two desires struggle within me: the desire to be safe, and the desire to know. I cannot tell which one will win.”

“I didn’t see him differently because I saw his face on the portscreen the morning after my Match; I saw him differently because I saw him outside, unguarded for a moment, with eyes the color of the sky in the evening before it goes down into dark. I saw him seeing me.”

“My birthday began with the water-
Birds and the birds of the winged trees flying my name
Above the farms and the white horses
And I rose
In rainy autumn
And walked abroad in a shower of all my days.”

“This is a difficult balance, telling the truth: how much to share, how much to keep, which truths will wound but not ruin, which will cut too deep to heal.”

“Ky did not give me any more of his history and I did not ask. Perhaps it is because now I live in his story. Now I am a part of his, and he of mine, and the part we write together sometimes feels like the only part that matters.”

“If she had a way to track all my memories, she would see they are pure.”

“Our time together feels like a storm, like wild wind and rain, like something too big to handle but too powerful escape.”
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“That word, calm, sounds impossibly beautiful, gloriously uncomplicated. A water-smooth word, a word that can take the edge away from fear, gloss it over, make it shiny. Calm. Gentle.”

“Even now, when he smiles more often, I am still greedy for it.”

“They showed me a picture. The girl who would have been my Match if I weren’t what I am.”
“Who was she?”
“You”

“Of all the words I have hidden and saved and treasured, these are the ones I will never forget, the most important ones of all.”

“Cassia, he wrote at the top of the page, in letters that were tall and clear and unafraid, that curled and moved and turned my name into something beautiful, something more than a word. A declaration, a piece of song, a bit of art, framed by his hands.”

“I want to tell her everything but I can’t. Not now. I am too fragile. I am trapped in glass and I want to break out and breathe deep but I am too afraid that it will hurt.”

“I don’t trust myself to speak, so I shake my head.”

“My face fits perfectly into the spot against his shoulder, near his neck, where I can both hear his heart and smell his skin.”

“When I am with him, I feel. But he is gone. I saw it happen. I made it happen.”

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Mini Book Haul – ミニブックホール

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So I went to Book Off to find some dictionaries in different languages but ended up buying other books instead, and not a single dictionary.

色んな言語の辞書を買うつもりでブックオフに行ったんだけど、探していた辞書が無かったため、他の本を買いました。

If you haven’t heard of Book Off, it’s a vintage shop in Japan selling used books, CDs, DVDs, gadgets, and toys, but mostly books. They also sell new books in the first floor.

ブックオフ知らない方は日本人にはいないと思いますが、ブックオフはもう使わなくなった本や、CD, DVD, ゲームなどが売られている所です。ほとんどは本ですけど。

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私はユーチューブチャンネルがあるんですけど、ミニブックホールの動画をアップしたので、是非、見てください。そして、チャンネル登録お願いします。

If you’d rather read than watch, then just keep on scrolling. 🙂

動画を見るより、読みたかったら、読み続けても構いません。😊

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I was hoping to find dictionaries in Korean-English, Japanese-English, Spanish-English, and Russian-English, but haven’t found a single dictionary on sale. All of them are new so I think I’ll have to wait until used dictionaries will be available. Besides, I can use the dictionaries on my phone. I just wanted a physical copy.

韓英辞書と和英辞書とスペイン英辞書とロシア英辞書が欲しかったんですけど、安いのが無かった為、買うことができませんでした。スマホに辞書が有るからいいんですけど、本の辞書も欲しいなと思ってすぐに使うわけでは無いので、すぐ無くても大丈夫です。

So I thought to myself, why not look at other books since I’m already here? I can’t go into a bookstore and not spend hours looking at books and feeling their pages.

でも、せっかく本屋に来たので他の本を見ないわけにはいかない。

I had no intention of buying any books aside from dictionaries, but as I was walking down the aisle of books, I found Lonely Planet: Spain for only ¥300 so I grabbed it before anyone else would. I’ve been collecting Lonely Planet books because I like to read about other countries in order to widen my understanding of the world.

辞書以外本を買うつもりはなかったんですけど、ロンリープラネットスペインが ¥300だけでしたので買うことにしました。世界の知識をもっと広げる為にロンリープラネットの本を最近、集め始めました。

Lonely Planet: Spain

The next book I got is Two-Minute Mysteries by Donald J. Sobol, which consists of 79 quickie mysteries, filled with very tricky clues.

次買った本はドナルドソボルの二分のミステリーです。七十九のミステリーがあります。

Two-Minute Mysteries by Donald J. Sobol

I also got 2 children’s books, one being a series I’ve been collecting when I was in grade school but haven’t completed, which is the Dork Diaries by Renée Russell. I don’t own the Dork Diaries: Pop Star yet, so I’m adding this to my bookshelf.

子供の本も買いました。一つ目はレイシェルレネイのドーク日記ポップスターです。このシリーズは子供の頃から集めていたシリーズなんですが、全部の本がまだ揃っていない為、買いました。

 Dork Diaries: Pop Star by Rachel Renée Russell

The other one is A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket. It’s the 10th book and I have to admit, I only red Book 1 but I don’t mind skipping. (Even if it’s 8 books)

二つ目はレモニスニケットのアシリーズオブアンホチュネイトイベンツ•ザスリペリースロープです。

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket

I’ve been feeling the need to read children’s books lately, what with all the global warming problems we’ve been discussing at school. I need a little break.

学校では環境破壊問題や地球温暖化問題などを議論したので脳が少し疲れているため、子供の本も読みたいなと思って買いました。

The last book I got is Breaking Into Japanese Literature by Giles Murray. It features 7 stories covering a variety of genres by famous Japanese authors.

最後に買った本はガイルスムレーのブレーキング•インツ•ジャパニーズ•リテラチュルです。七つの物語があります。

Breaking Into Japanese Literature by Giles Murray

What I love about this book is that there’s Japanese text, then the translation in English, and a list of vocabularies with meaning so the reader doesn’t need to find the words in the dictionary every single time when met with a new word.

この本のいい所は、オリジナルの日本語バージョンが書かれてあって、英語の翻訳もあって、そして、新しい言葉があるたび、辞書を引かなくてもいいように、単語のリストと意味が書かれているのがすごく便利だと思います。

I’m satisfied with this mini book haul despite the fact that I wasn’t able to buy what I came for.

目的の辞書は買えなかったけど、いい本を見つけて、満足しています。

Have you read any of these books? Are there any of these in your TBR? I would love to hear from you! 😊

紹介した本の中で、読んだ事がある本はありますか?読みたいと思っていますか?コメントお願いします。☺

Relatable to Book Lovers 

What’s up readers? It’s the 8th day of Blogtober! If you don’t know what Blogtober is, it is a series I am conducting that starts from the first of October where in I post on my blog eveyday until Halloween. 🎃

Today’s post is “Relatable to Book Lovers” and if you love books or just love to read in general, then I’m sure you can relate to at least one of these. I hope you enjoy! 😄

HOW I READ

A novel: Oh, only 180 pages left, I’ll finish this today.

A textbook: Another 8 pages left, what the heck this is too much.


MY LOVELIFE IN A NUTSHELL….

Today, I fell in love with another fictional character.

LATE NIGHT READING

Me: It’s getting pretty late, I should probably go to bed.

Book: But there’s only a little over hundred pages left.

Me: Can’t argue with that, let’s do this.

The problem with reading a good book is that you want to finish the book, but you don’t want to finish the book.

When I said I’d come to bed after I finished the chapter, I meant the last chapter.
In my dream world, reading makes me thin.


Friend
: You have too many books.

Me
: More like not enough bookshelves.



Me
: I need to stop buying books. Oh look! A bookstore!


Comment down if you can relate to any of these.
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