I just read a fabulous NPR interview with author Kevin Smokler. He has written a book about re-reading the classics he didn’t fully understand in high school and lists 50 books we could all read again. He talks about his decision to include The Scarlet Letter here:
“And so I included The Scarlet Letter because one of the lessons I took from reading this book was not every book is going to show up at your front door holding a chocolate layer cake. Some of them will be more challenging. Some of them will not be as inviting and warm. … That’s one of the joys of being a reader, is that not everything is supposed to comfort you. Some things are supposed to force you to hop on one foot or walk sideways.”
For me, the semester is off to a busy start. I’ve joked about taking Matthew McConaughey as my guru, since he seems like the kind of person who doesn’t stress about anything–I wish I could be that easy-going. Maybe it’s a surfer thing? I have loads of work, but I’ve promised myself that I’ll do one (or both) of two things everyday to keep myself relaxed:
- read for 30 minutes at night and/or
- exercise for the same amount of time.
What I’m reading: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin & You Can Buy Happiness (And It’s Cheap!) by Tammy Strobel. Love them both!
Yoga-wise: Just Netflix’d Trudie Styler’s Warrior Yoga. Will probably make me want to run away to Tuscany, won’t it?