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“Unbroken” Motivational Monday

One of the quotes I shared in last week’s motivational Monday collection really stuck with me, “Life is good, sometimes I forget that.” It was hammered home again after a whirl wind movie tour (three movies in two days) last week.

The quote resurfaced in my head as I was walking back to my car after seeing “Unbroken” (which I highly recommend; the book, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand is on my reading list for this year). Sometimes I think my life is tough, and I know at times my life has been very tough, yet my worst day is nothing compared to anything portrayed in the film based on the story of Louis Zamperini’s life. I have lost a kidney, relationships, and loved ones; I have questioned God when he has made me wait and I haven’t been able to see the path he has for me, but I need to remember life could be always worse. Louis’ story is one of survival, resilience and forgiveness. When life gets me down I hope to remember not only could it be worse, but that others already have it worse than me.

With all that said, my motivational quotes for this week (from this film) are:

 “However dark the night, however dim our hopes, the light will always follow darkness.”

“A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory.”

“If I can take it, I can make it.”

“Never give up. No matter what.”

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The Sound of Music

A couple of weeks ago I finished reading an amazing book that was first published in 1949 by Maria Augusta von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. I absolutely loved every bit of this book.  The faith of the von Trapp family, and especially Maria was so inspiring.  I felt the whole spectrum of emotions joy, fear, awe, loss, excitement, worry and I laughed aloud many times too.  I highly recommend this book.  It was written in first person by the matriarch herself and tells a more detailed, real and longer story than the (wonderful) 1965 film.

After finishing the book, of course I had to re-watch the movie The Sound of Music.  This is my mother’s favorite movie so I have seen it many times before, but I saw it with fresh eyes this time.  The 174 minute film only represents the first 126 pages of the 312 page book that inspired it.  The book goes on to tell about the family’s travels to America, their singing tours, music camp and more.  It is not a boring autobiography. It is inspiring, enlightening and humorous.

On another note, on September 5th I wrote a post called “Music in Life” in which to told y’all about my left hand’s adventure learning to play the piano along with my right hand… I am pleased to share that I have memorized and mastered Edelweiss on the piano. With my reading of this book, watching the movie and discussions of my family’s German/Austrian ancestry, I thought this was a great song to sit down and teach myself to play properly.

“The Secret”

My family decided to read this book as a “book study”.  I love the way this book made me think about my thinking.  This book was a topic of great conversations.  What is great about our family book club is that everyone reads the same book a little differently; then we talk about our various views.

The Secret shows you how you can, “Have, be, or do anything you want.”  The Secret/the Law of Attraction is common sense in that, “like attracts like.” I really wish I had read this book years ago!

What are some books you wish you had read long before you got around to reading them?