Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Monday, August 23, 2010

Becoming a "Do-Gooder"

This summer has been amazing! I have had so much time to read, frolic in the woods, and be with friends and family. Speaking of reading, over the past two weeks I have been reading two amazing books.

Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…Once School at a Time is a book written by Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin. It is a novel about how Mortensen drifted into a village in Pakistan (it was after a failed K2 climb attempt) and realized the kindness of the people in the area. He later noticed that there was no school in the village. In fact, the children were drawing in the dirt with sticks in a one-room dirt floor area. Mortensen was not a rich man, but he was inspired to help the children in need (especially the young girls), so he promised to build a school. The path to building the school was not easy, but in the end he prevailed and built fifty-five schools.

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The second book I have been reading is called Tranquilista: Mastering the Art of Enlightened Work and Mindful Play by Kimberly Wilson. Wilson is the author of Hip Tranquil Chick: a Guide to Life on and off the Yoga Mat and owner of Tranquil Space in Washington DC. This book was the best $10.00 I have ever spent, and I will tell you why. Wilson gives several tips regarding finding a balance in life. The best part about the book is that it relates so well to where I am in my life, who I am, and what I want. She talks about creative expression and how to achieve it, living great, setting goals, meditation, and she even discusses entrepreneurial tactics and how to launch a non-profit organization. These things are exactly what I would like to achieve in my life.

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Something that both these books have in common is becoming a “do-gooder”. Basically, being a do gooder is making an effort to become the best person you can be through self-discovery, community service, and kindness. One of my personal goals is to be a do-gooder, and with the help of inspiration I will succeed.

For more information about Three Cups of Tea check out the official website at http://www.threecupsoftea.com

For more information about Tranquilista check out the official website at http://www.tranquilista.com

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