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10 Secrets For Success And Inner Peace
10 Secrets For Success and Inner Peace by Dr. Wayne Dyer
I love this little book. I have had this little joy in my library for over 6 years now. I love picking it up and rediscovering it every once in a while.
I love how I learn each time I read it and this is my first book that I started my reading journal, so it has a special place in my heart. I find my reading journals to be such a hard core part of me and they show different thoughts different emotions at different times of my life.
When I look back and go over my words, opinions, and emotions; I sometimes amaze myself how I can sometimes still relate to those words, or sometimes I can not. Okay, sometimes I am amazed and sometimes I find myself baffled at my words. Sometimes even disappointed,at myself and I allow myself to even forgive myself for how what I read at the moment and how I related to it back then and how I see it now. They are my words, my words, words that I do not share with anyone. My reading journals are not shared, they are my safe place, no judgement no holding back, pure, raw, the very essence of me. I allow myself to see the changes in my thoughts and emotions to situations. There is a freedom to the spirit when one allows oneself to changes. Changes are a part of life. But we all know that.
I am blessed to have had this book with me and logged pages of thoughts, emotions and moments in my life for example: when my youngest daughter started high school, when I got laid off from a job after 10+ years, when I had to accept that I was not prepared physically or financially to own my own business, when I found myself struggling with day to day tasks and realizing and accepting that it was not just stress, something was physically wrong and I had to seek help.
Tonight, I will start my words in my reading journal with the paragraph:
"After 18 years of marriage I find myself divorced and diagnosed with a few things that will be with me for the rest of my life. It has been six months since I received my formal diagnosis, from more than one doctor, and admit I am still having trouble accepting the me of today. I remember and I long for the physical strength, the endurance, and energy of the me of yesterday and I am still not surrendering and accepting the me of today. I am not sure if I know how to."
Chapter 1, page 3, The first secret; Dr. Dyer's starts with, "Have a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing." I am aware that I am still attached to a yesterday version of me that does not exist today. I am not physically who I was yesterday. Right now this moment, I am attached to a version of me which does not exist. I need to come to terms with who I used to be and who I am today. I have to learn to love myself for who I am today. Lord, I ask for help, guidance, and gentleness for I constantly find myself punishing myself for not being able to do as much as I used to be able to. If I continue to punish myself for not being able to be the me of yesterday, how can I ask others not to punish me for not being the me of yesterday anymore?
The more things change in my life, the more solid and constant these words that are written in this book are to me. It does not matter that I relate them to differently to different moments of my life. The words and thoughts of my understanding for these words stay the same, it is the situations which are different. I find the essence of each secret to still be steady and I need steady right now. I assure you it is taking every little inch of self control to not list each and every one of these 10 secrets. They are steps, words, guidance, tools, whatever you choice to call them; I truly in my opinion believe they hold true to its title, 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace.
I find this book to be sweet and a gentle read which brings me comfort, guidance, and I can lose myself for a day and read it all in one day.
There I go again, presenting myself as the me of yesterday,. I used to be able to that. The me of today has to purposely break it down into a 10 day sanctuary of blissful moments. Sometimes I am not even able to handle one chapter each day, due to the inability to keep my attention focused at times. Okay confession, sometimes lately, I struggle getting myself from paragraph to paragraph but it not due to lack of want, it is the lack of ability to sometimes retain information from one sentence to another. Days like these come and go.
This is me, this is who i am today, learning to not attach myself to who I was yesterday. Learning to say, to process and accept the difference of what I used to be able to do and not attaching myself to the old me.
On days in which I read at a snail's pace I still find gentleness, guidance, and things to ponder about in the words in these pages. All right, what the heck , sometimes even in just the one page for that day., giggles, I still find enjoyment and I am learning it is okay.
Okay, fine, even if it is one of those just one paragraph at a time a day, I still find comfort, gentleness, guidance, and moments of inner peace. Plus, who is to say that finding that in only one paragraph is wrong?
Laugh, the search of always to find the positive of something, even the humor in something is not something that I have lost. Thank goodness for that, for example; even though, I might read a paragraph which makes me laugh, forget about it and in a couple of hours, as I read the same paragraph for the third time that day, laugh. Who is to say that getting to laugh three times a day is worse than only once a day? Also, maybe that is all that I can do sometimes, a paragraph, because in the bigger picture this is all I need.
P.S. I always love to finish my reading journal for the night with the... "because in the bigger picture"..... Giggles, I change the beginning of that sentence and the ending of the sentence to fit the moment. Why, well why the hell not? Okay, confession there is a reason, oops, I mean there was a reason at one point, but I do not remember at this moment and quite frankly I just learned I am not attached to whatever that reason was.
I love this book and would definitely recommend it.