5 books that helped me find success

Wisdom from the books

The world can be overwhelming, but historic books tell us that one person can make a difference.
The world can be overwhelming, but historic books tell us that one person can make a difference.
The sharing of history is a way of encouraging mutual respect and thus creating a society which is not frightened by differences.
The sharing of history is a way of encouraging mutual respect and thus creating a society which is not frightened by differences.
I have read many stories that are riveting, inspirational and moving. Most people have a more difficult journey that mine has been.
I have read many stories that are riveting, inspirational and moving. Most people have a more difficult journey that mine has been.
We all have a story, worth sharing, worth reading, worth living...
We all have a story, worth sharing, worth reading, worth living...
Reading helped me to improve relationship, to share history and to value cultures.
Reading helped me to improve relationship, to share history and to value cultures.
Reading taught me never to judge people and I realized most people who are malicious act out of ignorance. It gave me compasion.
Reading taught me never to judge people and I realized most people who are malicious act out of ignorance. It gave me compasion.
Mans's inhumanity to man is an awful thing. Jealousy, rage, lust, gluttony are all parts of most of us.
Mans's inhumanity to man is an awful thing. Jealousy, rage, lust, gluttony are all parts of most of us.
Exploring our more negative qualities through reading can help us to accept our whole selves.
Exploring our more negative qualities through reading can help us to accept our whole selves.
A writer, who has travelled far and wide and has immersed himself in other cultures ...
A writer, who has travelled far and wide and has immersed himself in other cultures ...
...can draw on a wealth of accurate detail and information to broaden our horizons.
...can draw on a wealth of accurate detail and information to broaden our horizons.
By reading we can discover that people from all over the world share the same dreams.
By reading we can discover that people from all over the world share the same dreams.
Reading about someone else's life makes me contemplate about my own. Do I think this was a short pitiful life because it did not parallel my own?
Reading about someone else's life makes me contemplate about my own. Do I think this was a short pitiful life because it did not parallel my own?
When I close the book I realize the love she received was wide and deep, the dreams, the visions she had...
When I close the book I realize the love she received was wide and deep, the dreams, the visions she had...
...the journeys she took made her life as compelling, as rich, as valuable and probably more blessed as mine.
...the journeys she took made her life as compelling, as rich, as valuable and probably more blessed as mine.
I realized that it is my own misfortune if I do not know in my long life what the heroine in the book knew every day of her short one.
I realized that it is my own misfortune if I do not know in my long life what the heroine in the book knew every day of her short one.
I get emotionally attached to characters, but I prefer books with multiple focuses, no one thing is more important the any other.
I get emotionally attached to characters, but I prefer books with multiple focuses, no one thing is more important the any other.
No viewpoint is more important that any other. And heroe's subjectivity doesn't govern the feel of the resolution.
No viewpoint is more important that any other. And heroe's subjectivity doesn't govern the feel of the resolution.
Every story about people in our modern times also looks at communication, at the problems of technology, in how we get technology to bond to nature, without exploiting it or injuring it, as it presently does.
Every story about people in our modern times also looks at communication, at the problems of technology, in how we get technology to bond to nature, without exploiting it or injuring it, as it presently does.
Many stories are associated with the irrational, with dreams, intuition, instinct, emotion. It is a level we compute at all the time, but a level that is strongly denied by conventional science.
Many stories are associated with the irrational, with dreams, intuition, instinct, emotion. It is a level we compute at all the time, but a level that is strongly denied by conventional science.
Reading makes this level accessible to everyone. A novel where the main character can save the day, or the world..
Reading makes this level accessible to everyone. A novel where the main character can save the day, or the world..
open a door for us...give us hope...
open a door for us...give us hope...
One day it may be us...
One day it may be us...

When I was a little girl

sitting next to fire

on a cold

dark

winter night

my Grandmum handed me

an old book

of ancient Slovak legends.

"Think of your life as a journey,"

she said.

From the time I started to read

I knew

a journey is too slow

whereas

you can make your own adventure.


When I moved to Australia

and left my native country,

behind

I was lost,

colours so sharp

sunlight pours fire

into the kaleidoskope

hot, fluffy sand

with dry

salty crust on top.

My father,

I met for the first time,

handed me a new book

by Adriane Wildencamp

called

'Seasons of Love

in Australia

and Germany.'


Rocks meeting water

sand meeting grass

blue meeting blue

on the horizon

human meeting perfection

holding the special

book

close to my heart.

"Only love is stronger than pain.

And when the pain is immeasurable,

the healing love needs

to be infinitive

and the rest is tears."

I repeated the words

of the heroine

and I knew what my Father

wanted to say.


'The English Patient'

by Michael Ondaatje

was the book

I gave

to my Father.

Just like the main character,

he was born in one place

choosing to live elsewhere,

fighting to get back

all his life.


Giving birth and dying

need time and space

a rhythm that goes

in waves

surrender

and they carry

you

ashore.

'River Boy'

by Tim Bowler

was the first book

I have read to my son,

who loved

the dark and secret river,

a river not yet tamed,

full of strange time,

without realizing

is for ever

flowing by us

to the sea.


When my Father

was dying,

he wanted me

to read

'The Spotted Skin'

by Rowena Ivers

one passage

especially:

"As the early dragonflies

of the dry

chase each other,

Cressida catches one.

She cannot feel a thing.

As it attempts to escape,

there is not escape,

she tells it,

and crushes it."


We knew that everything

around us

would pass

away

some day,

trees would wither,

rocks would crumble,

and even the stream

would

one day

dry up.

Yet these things

felt permanent

and that feeling

gave them comfort

now.

My Father told me

to take one day

at a time.


After his death

I felt emptiness,

pain

and love,

not angry pain,

not reproachful,

not desperate,

pain and love,

as in birth,

as in death,

in the beginning

and at the end,

there is only love,

all that matters is that our heart is open.


Becoming a new Australian

I realized

my adoptive land

has bloody history.

Tasmania

is a classic case

of how the white colonisers

came along

and exterminated

just about every indigenous member

of the island,

destroying

wisdom

from the Earth.

There is so much

to be learnt

from Aborigines

the world's

oldest continuous

living tradition.

'My Place'

by Sally Morgan

helped me

to understand

the value assigned

to every person

in traditional

Aboriginal society

regardless of sex or age.


5 Books that helped me find success,

end of summer,

early autumn,

warm afternoon sun of mid-life,

season of fullness and harvest.

Grandmum was right,

life is a journey.

I am coming home

to myself.

I am worthy

not because of 'how much I achieve,'

I am worthy because I am.








The English Patient

Seasons of love in Australia and Germany

Rowena Ivers

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annart 4 years ago from SW England

Voted up, beautiful and useful. Lovely hub full of emotion and deep thoughts. I love reading and I love feeling different characters through others' writing. As you say, we learn from them and from the experiences as well as realising that outwardly 'bad' people are like that for a reason, that we shouldn't judge quickly nor think that we are better than they. Books educate us in so many ways, fiction and non-fiction, and are so valuable. Thanks for a great, informative read.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

It is wonderful that you have let these books into your soul so deeply. Lovely pictures also!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you for your lovely and heartfull comments my fellow readers, there are so many books I could pick, but there are alwyas few that stick in our mind because we have read them in the right place in right time...to influence us the most:) Thanks again and happy reading:)


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Hi Beata: What a lovely way to showcase some of the books which have influenced your life. A great example of another use of poetry which can convey all these tumbling images in a way which brings them to life for the reader.

How rewarding that you did find your father and were able to help him through the lonely time.

Bob


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lilyfly 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

I would love to read about aborigines, as Inupiat have the same"life lines, or earth lines?: and working with them, I achieved a tiny bit of that, and knew who I was going to see in the middle of nowhere, very interseting, thank you,,, lily


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, Bob, I have always tried to follow my instinct and just 'jump into nowhere' if I felt it is right. I ended up in Australia and even managed to find my real Father. I start to believe that at the end all the roads will bring us to the dreamed destination if we are persistent and patient enough:)

Dear Lily, you would love Sally Morgan...often when I walk in our desert or the bush I see the shapes of first inhabitants whispering to me in the shadows of banksia trees. Please read my poem about 'Desert Poet', you will love it too:)


jenubouka 4 years ago

How I loved, loved this list of books along with the meaning behind each one. Such a heart felt list that entices me to read each one!


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Gloshei 4 years ago from France

A beautiful hub and well written. You truly have a good way with words voted up.

Thanks


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Snurre 4 years ago

Beautiful words and beautiful photos. Voted up, awesome and beautiful


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Great hub in the support of reading. I especially like your caption posts that add to the article. I will have to check out the English Patient some day.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you so much for your praise and wisdom, I am, just like all of you, passionate about reading and feel empathy for every person who has been denied of this pleasure due to lack of skill, opportunity of time...I strongly believe reading make us better people, it does not solve our problems but it makes us better equiped to deal with them.

American writer Dave Egbers once said: "I don't claim ever to have solutions to problems of race and inequity here or abroad. I just try to depict characters that quietly and with honesty (or maybe naivety) try to live withing a world that is obviously, spectacularly, surreally unfair."

Are we not all?


klarawieck 4 years ago

Beautiful writing! Books help shape us as individuals. They are one of the greatest successes that man has achieved


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

So true Klara, thank you for taking a time to read my 'ode to the books that changed my life' and I am happy to like it:)


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krsharp05 4 years ago from 18th and Vine

A pleasure to read. The first hub I click on and it reads so beautifully. You have a real gift. Thanks for sharing it.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my beautiful fellow hubber, we all have gifts in various areas of life, I am unskilled in so many other areas, so have a gift for writing is a blessing I love to share to make other people happy as well:)


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tamarawilhite 4 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

I'd put Dave Ramsey's "Financial Peace University" and Suze Orman's financial books in a list like this.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Good idea, Tamara:)


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anglnwu 4 years ago

It's beautiful how you weave books into this poem--lovely and evocative of what books can do for us. Reading offers us the windows into life's many mysteries. Voted up.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, Angi, for your beautiful comment, yes I believe so...books are our windows to see the life from different perspective:)


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Raven King 4 years ago from Cabin Fever

Wow. I like your incredibly written hub! :)


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

happy you liked it, 'Raven King' and hopefully you will come back to read more of my hubs:)


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mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

This hub really affected me, Beata. This is a song from the heart. I left poetry behind when I left school, but I might be finding it again, thanks to you.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

My dear 'mizjo', I don't even know if the professors of literature would let me get away with the calling 'the scattered images in my mind' - poetry. I am the teacher of Art and I have found my own special way to write the words that pop up in my head together with images I am trying to capture on my camera as well:) Whatever it is, it suits me the best and I am happy there are readers, just like you who find it engaging as well...thank you for your kind comment, it means I am doing something right there:)


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Kosmo 4 years ago from California

The only one of these books I've read is "The English Patient," and I'm afraid it didn't do much for me. The style was so odd I didn't know what was happening more times and than not, and to this day I don't know if there were two women in the story of just one. Sorry! But I could create a list of my own such books. I've always liked "Madam Bovary" and "Lost Horizon." Later!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Great books are just like people, you can relate to some but can not relate to others, liked Madam Bovary as well:) Thank you for your honest comment, it would be boring if we would agree on everything or liked the same things:)


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daskittlez69 4 years ago from midwest

The The English Patient is a great book. I will have to check out the others.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Do it, my fellow hubber, happy to advice them:)


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miss1magination 4 years ago

All your favorite books- tell your story, loved reading this great hub:) tweeted.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my fellow hubber, happy my story in words and images has touched your heart, have a great Sunday wherever you are:)


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Bettyoverstreet10 3 years ago from Vacaville, Ca.

Thank you for taking the time to share the books and wonderful pictures with us. Have a great day! Be Blessed...


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

thank you, my fellow book lover, happy you liked it and all the best:)

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