Summing up the year in books

I’ve neglected the blog this autumn and early winter. Now its January already. I thought I’d give a run down of some of the best books I read this past year.

Firstly are two books by Brenè Brown.

Daring Greatly

In this Brenè weaves in stories and takeaways to put into action about vulnerability and shame. The main takeaway for me was realising areas in life where I let shame take over instead of being vulnerable. She talks in depth how to practically outwork shame resilience in both our personal lives and at work. She has really built on the work in The Gifts of Imperfection.

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” Brenè Brown

And also this..

“The willingness to show up changes us, It makes us a little braver each time.” Brenè Brown

Its how I endeavour to begin each day and especially on days when I’m finding things tough.

 

The Gifts of Imperfection

I’ve just finished reading this. It was my final read of the year. It had been on my to read list for a few years. I love how open and honest Brenè is. Aside from practicing being vulnerable one of the main areas I’m looking to work on is what meaningful work looks like for me.

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” Brenè Brown

Also this quote inspires me to choose bravery over fear in my everyday life. Often we can let fear run amok instead of just being who we are.

 

Come Matter Here: Your invitation to be here in a getting there world by Hannah Brencher

This was one of my most favourite books. So much so that I gave my copy away to a friend. Its got me to understand the value of staying present both physically and mentally too.

“I think we worship these stories of leaving it all behind and going somewhere new, but I’m beginning to see that every one of those stories has the same truth holding up this romantic idea of leaving: The stuff you’re not facing will follow you. It will get in the car too. It will pack a bag too. Leaving isn’t the key; changing is. I’m learning that life isn’t about the destinations we can boast about getting to; it’s about all the walking in between that feels pointless when you try to take a picture of it because no one will understand it like you do. It’s the in between stuff that fleshes out a story—gives it guts and transformation.
It’s not about the scenery changing or the person you say good night to. The traveler must be the one to change. That’s what makes the story good.” Hannah Brencher

This I can relate to so much. I’m learning to see the value and learning in staying in the little town I currently call home. Also right now that looks like having the unknown coming for the ride to. I’m learning to continue to live life curiously and be open to what comes along the way. It’s not the easiest way but worth it. Also learning to not take people’s expectations for my life to heart. I find that when I do that the consequences are that I feel like a failure. Which is not true but it’s what the little voice in my head says.

 

Everybody Always by Bob Goff

Oh I just love Bob’s stories and his latest book is a cracker.

“Jesus talked to His friends a lot about how we should identify ourselves. He said it wouldn’t be what we said we believed or all the good we hoped to do someday. Nope, He said we would identify ourselves simply by how we loved people. It’s tempting to think there is more to it, but there’s not. Love isn’t something we fall into; love is someone we become.” Bob Goff

It really got me to see that even the people I can’t stand need loving too. That is still very much a work in progress. Also that loving people is no one of thing but what life is about.

Searching for Sunday Rachel Held Evans

I so loved reading this.

“Imagine if every church became a place where everyone is safe, but no one is comfortable. Imagine if every church became a place where we told one another the truth. We might just create sanctuary.”
Rachel Held Evans, Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church

This was the main point that I took away from reading this. Its one of the things I love about the little community I have here. Its so good to have a place where I can be myself and feel included and valued.

 

 

Thoughtful..

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou

I found this quote today via my friend’s blog http://reigninlove.tumblr.com/

It really made me think about life and how we treat others can have lasting effects that we don’t even realise at the time. Cherish and treasure people in your world today.

Water, mountains, adventure

View of the mountains from my Gran’s back garden.
Posing for the camera..

 

Mountains in the distance

I’m loving being back in the Lake District for a couple of days. It so beautiful. Extremely thankful right now. I’m loving the adventure of life.

 

Once known…never forgotten

Once known

Loved,

Never forgotten.

The princess of the most High

Where raindrops fall,

And the sun rises, greeting a new day..

With a open heart

In awe of who You are

Precious one I smile when
I think of you.

By Carole Farish May 2012.

A Wandering Heart

A wandering heart
isn’t always lost….

but on a journey, searching
of things yet to be seen, heard, experiences
that are yet to happen.
Knowing not to rush past moments
Letting them unfold in their own
time.

After all some things are really worth the wait
Why let yourself be broken hearted?
Everything has a time and a season
Like the beauty of a butterfly

Seasons come and go
some sooner than we would like
others lasting longer than we’d hoped.

Memories somehow frozen in time
parcels, gifts that we hold dear,
Bringing smiles of joy
even things that
are sad make me thankful for the time we had
Back when I was a kid
and you’d say
“Do I know you?”
In all seriousness,
When I knew you were joking
of summer days picking blackcurrants
and you’d tell me stories of long ago.

I loved getting rides in the
wheelbarrow
down the lane.
Then we filled it with leaves
and added them to the fire.

By Carole Farish. March 2012.

Standing on the edge

Standing on the edge of an abyss
Voids colliding
Sparks of stars ignite in the sky

Mesmerising and immense all at once
Looking up at what love brought down
Where words just aren’t enough.

Thoughts of what He has done
In wonder and awe
The world like one giant patchwork
A family all together as one
Across many nations.

All united for one cause
Being the hands and feet
Showing love and kindness.

Its in the giving of encouragement
a smile, hug or high five
being a shoulder to cry on.

Carole Farish February 2012

In all things

In all things
Life made beautiful
Rivers of grace
Never ending
Covering everything in its path

Showing love beyond measure
Like a captive heart breaking free
From the chains once bound in

Breaking free to fly
To live a life of significance
Where boundaries are broken
and freedom is the theme tune

Because in this Love came down and
Conquered all

It is in Him we truly live
and discover who we really are
That we are capable of greatness.

Love burns in our Hearts.

Love burns like a flame untouched
But scorches marks on our hearts
Only God’s perfect love overwhelming

He gave His best for us to live
To come amongst us
Showing us what real love looks like?

Picking up the pieces of our broken hearts
Which were like shattered glass
A hundred million shards

Put back together like new
A re creation of the masterpieces
God created our lives to be

Now able to show to the world
Hope is possible
We need to reach out most to others
When we’re hurting
We’ve got things that need to be
given away

Only in this we then know
Its about living life with open hands
Showing His love and kindness
To all around us