We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out. - BRADBURY
I think Mr. Bradbury had it right when he said we are "constantly and quietly being filled". Especially these days when the world is at our finger tips, ready to be consumed. The things we fill ourselves with is the very thing that will pour out when we overflow. When I tip over, I desire for the beautiful and wonderful to spill out. Lately I have been asking myself how each show, book, and music I take in benefits me. As an avid reader I try to fill myself with novels that cause me to wonder, think and learn. Here are three books I have read recently. I hope they inspire you as they inspired me!
Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questioned the destruction or his bland life until he met his eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse. She invited him into her curious way of thinking, tells him of a past where people didn't live in fear, and he begins to question everything everything he has ever known.
There must be something in books, things we can't imagine, to make a women stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don't stay for nothing.
I know what you are thinking, but I read it in high school. Yeah, I "read" it in high school too. Which means I skimmed the beginning, skipped the middle and then read the end (confused) so I could have something to say in class. Last month when I decided it was time to read another classic, I randomly picked Fahrenheit 451. To my delight, I was consumed from the start and couldn't stop until I was finished!
This is an article I read on Darling Magazine's Blog. I check their blog multiple times a week and read most of the articles they post. However, this particular article, written by Sarah Pape, stuck a chord with me.
In her article the life's focus is shifted from inward to outward; from focusing on being known to knowing others. Pape's case for charisma is that we need more confident women inviting others to completely be themselves.
Charisma is being more focused on making others great than on making ourselves great. But there isn’t much room for that behavior in the era of selfies, personal branding, and self-promotion.
With humor and honesty, Stephen Altrogge helps us to do battle with discontentment by steering us back to the One who controls it all, Jesus. He addresses issues of complaining and idolatry, reminding us of the blessings we have.
This book was a big reality check. While reading this book, I realized how effected I was when circumstances didn't go my way. A day suddenly becomes terrible when things don't go according to my plan. But who am I to say my way is the best way? Do I want to live with my joy depending on things that are out of my control? It is a nice short read that I paced slowly, to soak it all in.
Discontentment happens when I don't have what I want. Contentment happens when I realize that I have so much more than I deserve.