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Musing Mondays (June 2)

June 2, 2014

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musing:

I am currently reading “Choose the Life You Want” by Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD. It’s a great little book with “101 Ways to Create Your Own Road to Happiness”. Each “chapter” is a short 3 pages long. Easy reading — but filled with some great stuff! Food for thought!

ShaharTalBen_ChooseTheLifeYouWantHere’s the description {from GoodReads.com}:
Sometimes the hardest part of decision-making is being aware that there’s a decision to be made in the first place. “Choose the Life You Want” shows us how we can view our lives as a series of choices.

Tal Ben-Shahar advocates a proactive approach to well-being in which every moment offers opportunities for positive changes in our lives. He promises no simple trick or secret, no quick-fix for instant improvement. Instead, he proposes being continuously mindful of the power we hold to choose our courses of action at every moment of our lives. As Ben-Shahar himself writes, “The dramas of life’s ‘big decisions’ (which, almost by definition, are few and far between) should not hide the fact that in life we face choices all the time. Every moment of our waking lives we face choices whose cumulative effect on us is just as great, if not greater, than the effect of the big decisions. I can choose whether to sit up straight or stooped; whether to say a warm word to my partner or give her a sour look; whether to appreciate my health, my friend, and my lunch, or to take these for granted; whether to choose to choose or to remain oblivious to the choices that are there for the making. Individually, these choices may not seem important, but together they are the very bricks that make up the road we create for ourselves.

“Not to be aware of the choices we make moment by moment, is to relinquish control over our ability to improve our life. For instance, we take it for granted that our feelings are what they are and cannot be altered; we react to someone else’s behavior automatically without considering alternative options; we are faced with the same situation over and over again and respond in the same way over and over again–as if no other course of action were available to us. We assume that our thoughts and actions and feelings are inevitable, that we do not have a choice, when in fact we do.”

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answer in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

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19 Comments
  1. “The dramas of life’s ‘big decisions’ (which, almost by definition, are few and far between) should not hide the fact that in life we face choices all the time.” is a great line !
    Here is mine for the week http://theresurgentbookworm.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/musing-mondays-june-2/

  2. I have just finished reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell last night, which I really enjoyed :) Review here – http://smallgirlbigdreams1993.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/fangirl-by-rainbow-rowell-book-review/
    Today I think I’m going to start reading Chasing Daisy by Paige Toon – I love her books :) x

  3. I love that each chapter is just three pages. Keeps the intimidation down. Here is my musing: http://mixedbookbag.blogspot.com/2014/06/musing-mondays-june-2-2014-alien.html

  4. what a great book intro – sounds like more on living ‘mindful’
    here’s my book musings for this week beginning Audiobook Month!

  5. My musing for this week is about reading outside your comfort zone. Here it is:

    http://ijustliketoread.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/reading-outside-your-comfort-zone/

  6. My current read for this week are three anthologies which include shorter writings by my favorite author: http://allisonsbookbag.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/sara-zarrs-shorter-works/

  7. Kwizgiver permalink

    Sounds like a great book. I’ll have to check it out!

    Here’s my musing: http://www.kwizgiver.com/2014/06/monday-musing.html

  8. What an encouraging book to read!
    Here’s our musing: http://covergirlsdj.blogspot.com/2014/06/musing-mondays.html

  9. Here’s mine :)

    http://carabosseslibrary.blogspot.com/2014/06/musing-mondays.html

    And don’t forget to sign up for my debut novel’s blog tour!

  10. Can’t believe its June already! I need to dig into those summer reads! Here’s my Monday Musings:http://rawrisforreading.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/musing-monday-2/

  11. ladyambrosiaj permalink

    My muse this week http://icewarmth.com/musing-monday-6214/

  12. Forgot to post my MM yesterday, so here it is a day late: http://sobookishly.net/?p=340

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