On my nightstand: From 10% happier to it ain’t over

In a good book the best is between the lines. –Swedish Proverb

Here’s what I’m currently reading—

Reinvention is one of my favorite topics.

Some people collect stamps or trading cards or pieces of stained glass. Well, I’m a collector of reinvention stories.

Those who know me know if they come across a good reinvention story, I want to hear about it.

So you can imagine my delight in reading the 60 inspiring stories of reinvention collected in Marlo Thomas’ It Ain’t Over . . . Till It’s Over: Reinventing Your Life–and Realizing Your Dreams–Anytime, at Any Age.

I dare you to read these stories and not be inspired by the who-says-it’s impossible, it’s-never-too-late, dare-to-dream mindset of these remarkable women.  A number of the stories showcase the especially juicy intersection of entrepreneurship and reinvention. I can almost guarantee you’ll have a bit more confidence and faith in your own reinvention after reading this one.


There’s a backlash about happiness books right now, but I’m having none of it.  Any book with any version of happiness in the title piques my interest and is worth a closer look.  That’s what initially prompted me to pick up Dan Harris’ 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story.

Reading “hands down the best book on meditation for the uninitiated, the skeptical, or the merely curious” and “a spiritual adventure from a master storyteller” had me wanting to actually read the book.  Then I didn’t have to go further than the preface with Harris’ hilarious description of his mean-spirited inner voice to be hooked.

I don’t know if I’ll be 10% happier when I’m done reading this one, but I do know I’m laughing aloud, nodding in self-awareness as Harris describes his mind’s dark corners, and feeling—for the first time—as if meditation might really be easy to incorporate into my life after all.

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