Recently I was talking with a couple of friends about how I'd love to read a bit more fiction. I read alot of Self-Help and was looking for some "mindless entertainment". After listening to a Tim Ferris podcast with actor Edward Norton, who highly recommended Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine De Saint Exupery, I was very intrigued.
Although this book isn't actually fiction, it's full of all sorts of adventures by 1930's airline pilot turned writer/philosopher. The more I read, the more apparent it became that this novel was similar to all of the books I usually read except for one difference... This poet has lived one hell of a life!
A couple of my favorite thoughts from the text:
"What filled me with a barbaric joy was that I had understood a murmured monosyllable of this secret language, had sniffed the air and known what was coming, like one of those primitiave men to whom the future is revealed in such faint rustlings; it was that I had been able to read the anger of the desert in that beating wings of a dragonfly."
"Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction. There is no comradeship except through union in the same high effort. Even in our age of material well-being this must be so, else how should we explain the happiness we feel in sharing our last crust with others in the desert?"
Earlier this week I wrote an entire post about the nutritional benefits of Bulletproof Coffee vs Matcha Tea. Just to recap on why I feel this is so awesome to talk about again (other than the fact that I LOVE drinking it) is the brain hacking science behind feeding your brain the fat it needs to function optiminally.
Research done with music therapy in treating mental and neurological disorders is on the rise. The benefits of music therapy is already apparent in treating symptoms of many disorders including schizophrenia, amnesia, dementia and Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, mood disorders such as depression, speech disorders, and Tourette's, among others.
Seriously great tune! The lyrics are inspiring, the band is talented, and they sound great playing inside of a tool shed!
Trudeau and Obama
Politics isn't something I get into much here on Be Inspired, however when two great leaders come together and form a friendship that the world hasn't witness in decades, it's well worth the mention.
It's been 20+ years since the Whitehouse has invited a Canadian Prime Minister to be their guest of honor. Although the US elections are just around the corner, President Obama has put into motion much of the conversations these two neighbouring countries has needed to address. We (Canadians) hope that the next President will grace us with the same level of respect we've seen recently with Trudeau.
Justin Trudeau may make some citizens a little uncomfortable with all of his progressive changes since becoming Prime Minister, but this really begs the question, "What makes a great leader?"
"Be the change you wish to see in the world" - Ghandi