This prompt got me so excited! I’m a bit of a massive bookworm, I’ve always got a book on my person somewhere…sometimes that can be awkward to explain depending where you find the book…anyway…books! Hurrah!
I’m a big reader, I pretty much read anything I can get my hands on but for this prompt I didn’t want to just do a ‘the last book I read, let’s write about that’ kind of response. I wanted to talk about a book that I’ve not only read a fair few times, but a book that I keep coming back to and a book that has really helped me a lot ever since it came into my life.
The Power – Rhonda Byrne
Now, stay with me on this. Generally when I mention this book to people they think it’s some new age mumbo jumbo that they’d spend more time laughing at than actually getting anything meaningful from – and I can say that, because that’s exactly what I thought when I was told to pick it up. The reason I picked it up? I saw it in a really cheap bookstore, The Works for £3, its usual RRP is closer to £10 – you know me, I can’t pass up a bargain!
“You are meant to have an amazing life! In this book I want to show you the way to an amazing life. There is so much for you to know about life, and it is all good. In fact, it is beyond good. It is phenomenal.”
Well, the blurb on the back sure makes a whole lot of promises, doesn’t it? We all want an amazing life, even if we already feel like we’re living one, we always think our lives can be improved.
“Life is so much easier than you think it is, and as you come to understand the way life works, and The Power you have inside you, you will experience the magic of life in its fullness – and then you will have an amazing life!”
Hold up! Life can be easier? I have the power to make my life easier? Well…now you’ve got my attention. I’m not going to lie, I was going into this book with some skepticism, it’s not often I’m told I have these internal magical powers, after all, I’m still waiting for my Hogwarts letter!
I sat down one afternoon and started the book…in a couple of hours I’d finished and was ready to re-read it all over again. Could what Byrne was saying really be that simple?
You see, all she is really saying is this power, this secret to an amazing life is all to do with your thoughts. It’s about positive thinking, positive reinforcement. It’s about learning to be thankful for what you have and amping up those good vibes ten fold. It’s all about love. Loving what you have, loving what you have even when you don’t have it right then and there. It’s about moving forward through each and everyday with a positive attitude to pretty much everything.
Have you ever noticed that when we’re feeling good we tend to have a really good day? But when we’re feeling bad, the day never seems to come to an end. I’d never really thought about this before, but Byrne says that the good days and the bad days are direct reflections of our thoughts and feelings. WE are creating these good and bad days purely out of how we feel – we’re not reacting to the world around us, the world around us is reacting to us.
I always keep this book to hand, if ever I’m feeling a little low or out of touch with a happier, more positive me. Sometimes I’ll start at the beginning, sometimes I’ll just start on a random page. It always puts me back into a more positive frame of mind and I generally feel better for having reconnected with positive, loving thoughts.
I’m not saying it’s always easier, sometimes a day really is that bad. In the past I would just go with it, accept it for being a bad day and scowl about I until it was over, but now, now I make an effort to turn the day around. I make an effort to put myself into a better mood, to think as positively as I possible can about the given situation and try to turn it all around.
You probably don’t need a book to tell you that positive thinking is good for you, but it’s a nice, tangible reminder from time to time.
Could you do with a little more positive thinking in your life?
Until next time,
Check out a sample of The Power over on Amazon.