One of my favorite books is by Anne Morrow Lindbergh- Gifts From The Sea. I try to re-read it once a year. It revives me, refocuses me and helps me regroup especially regarding my writing.
I have pulled it out this summer and have added it to my reading pile.
Even though Anne wrote this book over fifty years ago, I find that the truths still resonate. She speaks to human relationships, to life/work balance, to creative pursuits, to solitude, peace and contentment. It seems that in this day and age we have even more need of her philosophy. As humans, we can only process so much and so we need to step back, pause and recharge. "For life today in America is based on the premise of ever-widening circles of contact and communication." Imagine that was written before cell phones, internet or Facebook! She challenges us to "remain whole in the midst of the distractions of life."
What I love about the book is her " search for outward simplicity, for inner integrity and fuller relationships". It is important to take some time and reflect on those ideas. For me, what better way than through the sea. I may not get a chance to go to the sea this summer but I can try and bring the sea to me. I can make time to "get away": block out a week or a day, free from obligations and return to a rhythm of simplicity, of deep reflection and of time spent with others.
What about you? Do you find the summer is a good time for reflection? Do you have a chance to slow down the rhythm of your life? Do you have "annual" books that you read? Any re-reads? What about them resonates with you? Lifestyle? Escapism? Reminder of ideals? Inspiration?
This weekend, why not check out your local library or local book store. Reading is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.