Saturday the 9th of December I was honored to accept a certificate of appreciation from the LA Public Library stating that “This recognition hereby commemorates the inclusion of the above author’s literary contribution to the Los Angeles Public Library’s catalog. This is for my first book, a prescriptive memoir titled ‘IT’S ABOUT TIME: My Award-Winning TV Adventure”. It was a lovely event at my local library and it gave me great joy to be a speaker among fellow authors. There were about 11 of us receiving certificates and the main speaker was the charming prolific author and teacher, Jill Schary Robinson (Dore Schary’s daughter) .
I was particularly pleased because the library system is something my mother was very dedicated to and she took my sister Marlene and I to the local libraries in Chicago when we were very young. She instilled in us a great love for reading and I am forever grateful to her.
The reason I am reflecting on this in this, the 5th edition of the Let’s Be Peace blog is that reading has often been a gift that aids me in being peace. Either as an ‘escape’ into the author’s worlds or as information about heath, wellness, philosophy and spiritual modalities and practices. I find that reading can be one of the many pathways to creating peace inside.
I have evolved to the point in my life that I simply don’t allow discord into my home. Whether it be meditations, tv, radio, podcasts, novels or non-fiction books, there has to be some uplifting aspect for me to engage. I understand that is not necessarily possible for everyone all the time, but I am offering it as a goal in your journey to find peace inside.
If you assume that I do not watch or read daily news, that is correct. I stopped participating in that more than a dozen years ago and many of my friends and colleagues find that more than odd. But the reality is I end up knowing everything that I need to know to partake in conversations and be aware of what is going on in the world. I have advised people to refrain from watching the news before going to bed and especially to not allow their children to watch news at night. There is now scientific knowledge on the ill effects of watching TV or listening to news before going to sleep, but I started making that recommendation several decades ago and it serves me well.
Simply another offering to you about how to potentially find peace inside.
Please share your thoughts on this and other aspects of being peace that you embrace.
Remember to Love and Trust Yourself.