The beginning of the year has been pretty amazing for The Spoiled Mummy. One of my most exciting experiences so far was my first live interview via a video podcast for the show, Live Love Lolz. Then shortly right after that, I made a quick 3-day holiday trip to my favorite city, Hong Kong, to attend a friend’s beautiful wedding.
It has been a good start, I must say. Friends always ask me where I get my inspiration from. I say that I get it from everywhere : people, events, food, places and books! Yes, there are a number of books that have captured my heart and have become my source of inspiration. Some of them have brought me to laughter, some to reflection and yet some even, to tears. Most of them have led me to have a more inspiring, positive outlook in life.
This post will reveal a totally different side of me. Yes I am a nerd and a bookworm 🙂 but more than that, I would like to believe that I have a deep spirituality within me. I grew up in a strictly Catholic family, raised by traditional parents, using the most old-fashioned ways and means. This spiritual foundation I have right now is actually what I am trying to cultivate and improve on as I get older, year after year. I am neither a religious person nor a self-righteous believer, but the books that have inspired me all have one thing in common : they are about one’s personal quest for life’s meaning.
This post is also not meant to preach or sway your religious backgrounds. This is really just about me sharing with you one of my personal sources of inspiration — hoping that somehow in someway, I am able to inspire you as well in finding your answers to some of life’s mysterious questions.
1. Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
“Tuesdays with Morrie” has become one of my favorite books of all time. I love how this book is just so real and refreshing. It was written in a very simple manner and yet done in such a clever way that makes the reader want to flip page after page. Every page has a story between Mitch and Morrie, their relationship, and the significance of their lives to each other.
What’s inspiring about this book is that everybody can relate to it. It has made me realize the importance of nurturing friendships, rekindling relationships, making the most out of second chances, and living life to the fullest.
If you have a tender spot for old people, then prepare– for this book will surely melt your heart. 🙂 Reading this book made me realize that life is indeed too short and we should take time to appreciate the things that matter the most. At the end of the day, it is our friendships and relationships that truly count.
2. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Besides the intriguing title of this book, I was also curious about Mitch Albom’s next move after his best seller “Tuesdays with Morrie”. And true enough, he didn’t disappoint with this one.
Honestly, I get very curious whenever the afterlife is discussed. With this title alone, I got so eager to know about the people a person can possibly meet in heaven. This book transported me to nostalgic places and events, and reminded me a lot about the people I have met and who are still in my life right now. It gave me a lot to think about in my present relationships and of course, in my own afterlife as well. It made me reminisce about my life from childhood and until this present day.
Don’t you agree that life and death are life’s biggest mysteries? With the awareness of death’s reality, there is no denying that when you read this book you will also think about your own life and death as well. Questions like, “Where am I going when my life ends?”, “Will there be people who will welcome me in the afterlife?” and “Did I leave something special in the lives of others?” are just some of the questions that were left hanging in my head after reading this book.
3. The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
If you sometimes feel that you’re just living a monotonous and humdrum life or that every day seems to be just a senseless routine, then I’m sure that in one occasion or another, you have already asked yourself the universal question: “What on earth am I here for?” or simply put— “Why was I even born into this world?”
This book has helped me recognize some of the answers to why I exist, why I even matter in the large scheme of things and what my real purpose is for being born. Reading this book is like going on a journey of self-evaluation. It made me realize a lot about the bigger picture of my existence. Knowing that I have my own unique purpose in this world has actually helped me live a better, more positive and more inspired life, reaching out to others in my own little, unique way.
With this book having been translated to over 50 languages, it’s obvious that people from all walks of life, background and religion are aching for that answer about their own life’s purpose. The Purpose Driven Life has changed my own personal outlook in life. Reading this book inspired me to live my present life with more meaning and yes, with more purpose.
4. Become A Better You by Joel Osteen
Don’t you just love the smile of this author? 🙂 Being a pastor, Joel Osteen certainly knows what most people are aiming for in their lives. We all want to become better, or even the best version of ourselves.
It is human nature to have that yearning to become better at what we do. Whether as a homemaker, a businesswoman, a wife, or a mummy, we all want to become the best that we can possibly be. This book has helped me a lot in that sense. It has very encouraging and inspiring anecdotes that have simply pushed me to improve and to become better at what I do every day.
5. Every Day a Friday by Joel Osteen
Who doesn’t like it when the week hits Friday? There was a research that showed that people are happiest on Fridays. I am certainly one of them! 🙂 I guess everyone loves the end of the work or school week. Weekend means rest, more family time and of course, some “me” time thrown in here and there. This book teaches you that we need not wait for FRIDAY to be happy. Being happy every day of the week is possible — because happiness is in fact, a choice that we make ourselves.
Whether we drag ourselves to work on Mondays or hurry ourselves to catch deadlines during the rest of the week, it is always good to strike that balance between our busyness and happiness. In whatever we do, no matter how small and mundane the tasks are, and in whatever day of the week, there must always be that sense of fulfillment in our accomplishments. This in turn will help us become grateful and yes happy, at the end of every day. This book taught me to live my life every day with contentment, joy, and positivity.
All these books in their own little way have left a lasting impact on me, which is the main reason why I thought of sharing them here with you. Whenever I need more inspiration, a spiritual boost in the morning, or a good night’s sleep ~ I read them. These books have helped me prepare for the challenges of the day ahead and have taught me to remain positive no matter what may come my way. I hope that somehow by sharing these inspirational books with you, I am able to help you find your own source of inspiration as well. May we all find our meaning and purpose in living a happier, more positive and inspired life!
Do you have some books that inspired or changed you in one way or another? Share them here with me! 🙂