Books that change your life

On top of working a magazine, going to school(graduate in May!!), modeling and acting… I also spend a nice slice of time reading. And I have been fortunate enough to read 3 books in row in the past month, that have changed my life. Although I may be a little late, as most of these books are international bestsellers Im so happy that I have read these book at the time that I have. I have owned these books for years, and never took the time; which confirms that some messages are only revealed when we are ready to receive them. So in the order that I have read them, here are the 3 books and a few quotes from their lift changing revelations….

Maya Angelou

“Each of us has the right and the responsibility to assess the roads which lie ahead, and those over which we have traveled, and if the future road looms ominous or unpromising, and the roads back uninviting, then we need to gather our resolve and, carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction. If the new choice is also unpalatable, without embarrassment, we must be ready to change that as well.”
— Maya Angelou (Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now)

“I realize that living well is an art which can be developed. Of course, you will need the basic talents to build upon: They are a love of life and ability to take great pleasure from small offerings, an assurance that the world owes you nothing and that every gift is exactly that, a gift.”

— Maya Angelou (Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now)

Don Miguel Ruiz

“Everything is God”

The only reason you are happy is because you choose to be happy. Happiness is a choice, and so is suffering”

“The dream you are living is your creation. It is your perception of reality that you can change at any time”

Attention is the ability we have to discriminate and to focus only on that which we want to perceive.”

“Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves”

“Real love is accepting other people the way they are without trying to change them”

“Your life is the manifestation of your dream; it is an art. You can change your life anytime if you aren’t enjoying the dream.”

“Forgiveness is the only way to heal”

Paulo Coelho

“You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracles of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.”

“In real life, love has to be possible. Even if it is not returned right away, love can only survive when the hope exists that you will be able to win over the person you desire”

“The universe always helps us fight for our dreams no matter how foolish they may be. Our dreams are our own, and only we know the effort required to keep them alive.”

“But love is always new. Regardless of whether we love once, twice or a dozen times in our life, we always face a brand-new situation. Love can consign us to hell or to paradise, but it always takes us somewhere. We simply have to accept it, because it is what nourishes our existence. If we reject it, we die of hunger, because we lack courage to stretch out a hand and pluck the fruit from the branches of the tree of life. We have to take love where we find it, even if it means hours, days, weeks of disappointments and sadness.”

Perhaps these quotes do these works of ART some justice, but you must read yourself to gather their true meaning to you. Art inspires but art is also subject to interpretation… take part in art whenever you are given the chance, because it is asking you to, and you will always walk away with something!

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