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Book : Audrey Hepburn

This book was written by the son of Hepburn. It records lots of slices of Hepburn’s life. There are lots of points which impresses me a lot. Here, I only want to record two of them which I need to remember and learn.

1 Know what you can do and cannot do.

It is a critical part in everyone’s life to know what you cannot do. One cannot make everything perfect, while he/she can make one thing excellent at least. You want to do everything, and sometimes you think you can do everything. Therein, you just give yourself a high pressure, which is good. But when you become anxious when you cannot handle all of them  in parallel, you should remember that time and tell yourself that the life is just a pot which has fixed size each time period. At this moment, the pot is not big enough for you to load that much, but you can enlarge it gradually and believe that you can make it at some time in the near future. Hence, concentrating yourself on what you can do and improving yourself a little bit every day is the basis.

2 She did not regret, because she knew people who she loved love her as well.

This is a different point of view about happiness, or I have to say it is an extension. Some philosophers say that the happiness is from yourself not depending on anyone else. From my understanding, this point is to say, if you love people, and you also know the people also love you, you will be happier. This is also proved that it is always nice to hear that someone like you.

In this world, we live alone, but in the meantime, you live with others. Your own actions and the interactions constitute each day. It couldn’t be better that you are happy meanwhile you make others happy. That is the ultimate goal I am pursuing for.

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2012 in book

 

Book: Mindfulness for Dummies

This book is very useful to me. Thanks Fan Xie’ recommendation. I will continue this post with my reading progress.

Here, I just want to excerpt some points I think it is very important to me:

1 Mindfulness can improve productivity.

To be mindful, you usually need to do one thing at a time. When walking, you just walk. When listening, you just listen. When writing, you just write. By practicing formal and informal meditation, you are training your brain. You are training it to pay attention with mindful attitudes like kindness, curiosity and acknowledgement.

You can train attention, just as you can train your biceps in a gym. Meditation is gym for the mind.

2 Overcoming Challenges

  You are running to achieve goals so that you can be peaceful and happy, but actually you are running away from the peace and happiness. Mindfulness is an invitation to stop running and rest.

3 Calming the Mind

  If you are anxious, you may just block your understanding. A martial arts student went to his teacher and said earnestly, “I’m devoted to studying your martial system. How long will it take me to master it?” The teacher’s reply was casual, ‘Ten years.’ Impatiently, the student answered, “But I want to master it faster than that. I’ll work very hard. I’ll practise every day, ten or more hours a day if I have to. How long will it take then?” The teacher thought for a moment and replied, “Twenty years.”

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in book, Uncategorized