Monday, June 22, 2009
The Road Less Traveled by Scott Peck couldn't be a more perfect book for me to read at this point in my life. I read it religiously. So far I've learned more than I learned this past semester. The pages are filled with intensive analysis and knowledge that will stick with you for life. Reading this book thus far has better my vision and strengthen my back.
My abnormal psychology professor had recommend this book to the class. I didn't attend abnormal psych too often because to me a lot was repetitive and it wasn't a challenge for me and I'm all about challenges.
To overcome a challenge = growth
And Lord knows that I'm striving to grow as tall as Jack's beanstalk, but I believe no matter where you are in life, there is always room for more growth.
So I went to class that day and there goes the maestro lecturing 300 students and that day, I felt like he was only talking to me. As if I was the only one in class. He was talking about self-discipline and how important it is to be disciplined in order to live your life it's fullest. He then recommended the book and later that week I went to the library got the book and started reading it on my way back to the dorm.
I was hooked the moment I read the first line:
"Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult--once we truly understand and accept it--then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters."
- Dr. Scott Peck
I'm half way in the book and it has helped me A LOT.
Feeling like you're out of control? Is happiness so far away from your reach that darkness is now your source of comfort? Do you want to grow?
We all come to a point when we fall into a quicksand, completely stuck as the rest of the world passes us by. This book gives you the tools to help you get out of that quicksand, but it is up to you to use those tools.
So get your summer reading on!
One thing I want to share that I've learned reading this book is that, a "life full of joy, is a life full of pain."