I have no commercial or financial interest in any of these books. I have no business or other relationship with any of these authors or publishers. These are 10 books that I have found personally uplifting during some of the darker times in my struggle with Parkinson’;s disease. I want to share them with you because they are not only inspirational, but easy to read. When one feels down it’;s difficult to take on something too intellectual. Open any of these and even if you just read a few random pages you’;ll receive something valuable. Parkinson’;s can be very tough at times. The future can seem narrowed, the inherent daytime sleepiness can sap motivation. Fellow Parkinson’;s sufferers can often discourage rather than provide support. I keep these ten books handy and refer to them when my own motivation feet tapped out.
- Excuses Begone, by Wayne Dyer: title is self-explanatory. Some say he’;s low but I’;ve always found at least a modicum of motivation in his writing. This one obviously may have relevancy when facing certain challenges unique to PD.
- As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen: a short but rather insightful little pithy book written at the turn of the (last) century.
- The War of Art, Winning the Inner Creative Battle, by Steven Pressfield: written for unmotivated reporters I think with what we face we need a set of short essays like this when motivation wanes. The essays can apply to any self-motivated pursuit, particularly in the face of procrastination and inertia fueled by self-doubt.
- The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People, by David Niven: great little book of 100 short essays for the bedside or bathroom with some truly good ideas.
- The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People, by David Niven: ditto, keep both around.
- What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life, by Bruce Frankel: great pithy inspirational stories for mid-life adults in times of transition, which describes most of us and what we face with Parkinson’;s.
- Late Bloomers by Brendan Gill: 75 short essays about people who changed their lives for the better and made their mark on the world in the second half relaying by example that it’;s never too late to turn things around and experience true greatnes.
- In the Moment by Harvey Rich: filled with vignettes from a noted psychoanalyst that brings to light what truly matters in life and the importance of celebrating those important but of overlooked moments.
- The Wit and Wisdom of Benjamin Franklin: One of those eternally displayed bargain books at Barnes and Noble, a compilation of essays by this very wise and very funny statesman, successful businessman, prolific writer and inventor, and witty founding father.
- Oh the Places You’;ll Go by Dr. Seuss: I bought this decades ago to read to my kids and to my surprise it’;s one of the wisest books that does not sugar coat the universal challenges we all face in life’;s journey. Here’;s an apt pair of quotes from what turns out to be a lot more than another "Green Eggs and Ham": "You’;ll come down from the Lurch with an unsuitable bump. And the chances are, then, that you’;ll be in a Slump. And when you’;re in a dump, you’;re not in for much fun. Then later, "With banner flip-flapping, once more you’;ll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky."
To everyone a blessed healthy, happy life. Choose life, never give up, and like Dr. Seuss says, "Ride high."