Today 14th January, I sit here in Bournemouth Library looking out of the window that overlooks an area called “The Triangle”. Aptly named due to the triangular shape of the green and shops surrounding it. Sitting within this quiet place only the sound of paperback books being opened, pages being turned and the odd sniffle hear and there. I sit and look out to what appears to be a soundless town, there is no noise coming from out there but just the movement of cars, buses and people walking along the pavement going to wherever it is they have decided to go today. It hits me how far I have come in my personal journey, I never imagined for a moment that I would be sitting in a library of all places. It just isn’t the sort of place I could see myself being let alone enjoying.
The peacefulness and most of all calmness is welcoming and gives me a feeling of safety. I have realised how something so small can give such pleasure. The reason I am here is down to a short film I watched on You Tube, the post appeared on my facebook wall as I am a fan of Louise Hay. It came up and was a film about being alone. For whatever reason I decided to watch it, it was reassuring to see others that are alone and how to embrace that life and enjoy all the things it can bring. One suggestion was going to the local library, and something about that made me want to go.
I had it in my mind, I was telling my friends and family about it and here I am sitting in this place by myself. My previous misconception of libraries was that they were boring, dull and uninteresting. How that has changed over the years, I am surrounding by thousands of books that people have spent a lot of time writing, the history of it. I have picked up five self help books and when opening the first one “The monk who sold his Ferrari” (Recommended to me) the inside cover revealed the old fashioned style booking in system where the librarian would stamp the book with the date it had to be back. The first stamp in this book is 12th January 2006, that is nearly 6 years to the day of when I will be taking this book out.
So anyway, this new book doesn’t look too big which is always an attractive start. When they are huge with tiny writing it does tend to put me off a bit. I want to just write some of the synopsis on the back as it really did draw me into wanting to read it. So here it is “The monk who sold his Ferrari is the story of a superstar lawyer whose out-of-balance lifestyle leads him to an almost fatal heart attach in a packed courtroom. His physical collapse brings on a spiritual crisis that forces him to confront the condition of his life and seek answers to life’s most important questions..”. Doesn’t that make you want to read it too!
The next book I have picked up was also recommended to me by a very important friend, this book is called “Authentic Happiness” by Martin Seligman. Martin Seligman focuses on positive psychology and having fun, laughter and happiness! Which to me makes me think, why wouldn’t I want to read a book about that. So that one is going on the pile of ones to take home. I am so excited at the thought of this but more overwhelmed by how something so simplistic can give me such inner pleasure. I mean I know I love shopping and going out with friends but this is something on a completely different level. If you haven’t experienced that then you may thinking I am talking all airy fairy or something equally similar. I dare you to just try something new that really fulfils a deep passion within you. Something that isn’t about greed or money, something just for you, with just you.
Do you visit your local library? I would love to hear of your experiences..