4 Books For WhenYou Feel Lost
All of us have some down moments: going through a break-up, losing someone, having a bad work-life balance, etc. These are quite normal situations but can be difficult to overcome. Most people try to rely on meditation or self-help books to relax and get through these problems.
I have read many self-help books and, in my experience, most of them give you answers but not many of them gives you questions to ask yourself.
“All violence is the result of people tricking themselves into believing that their pain derives from other people and that consequently those people deserve to be punished”
— Marshall Rosenberg, “Nonviolent Communication”
However, I found that there are some special books with more questions than answers. All of these books are very special to me. They made me think about who I am and who I want to be. Keep reading if you want to know them.
The grown-ups’ response […] was to advise me to lay aside my drawings […] and to devote myself to geography, history, arithmetic, and grammar. That is why, at the age of six, I gave up what might have been a magnificent career as a painter
— Antoine de Saint Exupery, The Little Prince
The Little Prince was my go-to book for self-help when I was growing up. It has many special moments that make you think about your dreams, your friends and your love. All narrated from the innocent point of view of this little prince that radiates curiosity and kindness.
Have you mistaken need for love?
— Robert Fisher, The Knight In Rusty Armour
The Knight In Rusty Armour is about an interesting journey that will take you through the castle of Silence so you can listen to yourself, the castle of Knowledge so you can understand yourself, and the castle of Will and Daring where you will face your fears to finally end up in the top of a mountain to fully accept yourself.
It contains great questions that now I ask friends that are a bit lost in their lives or their relationships. It helped me having a healthier connection with my inner self.
Remember your Purpose
Wherever your heart is, that is where you will find your treasure
— Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
The Alchemist is one of the bestselling books of all times. It is great to think about your true purpose, fear of failure, resiliency and how sometimes we need to travel a long path just to realise that it was the wrong one. But we would have never found out which one was our purpose had we never taken the wrong path!
One of our greatest freedoms is how we react to things
— Charley Mackesy, The Boy, The Mole, the Fox And The Horse
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse is the shortest book of all in this list. You can watch it full on YouTube, in a 12-minute video. It’s a great book to give to a friend, not only for its lessons, but because it is a piece of art with its pretty calligraphy and messages. It is about a boy that finds new friends and how they share their hopes and fears to grow together.
Thanks for reading!
Life is short, new friends come and go; days pass as we forget about most of them. So, I wonder: if you had a 90-Year calendar, how would it look like so far?
We do have time for everything, but wasting it is really easy. Sometimes, stopping and reflexing is the best way to start enjoying life.