Book 68 this year was from Augusten Burroughs
“This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike.” (4/5 stars)
This book was surprisingly well written and exceptionally delivered in audio format (even at 2x speed). I can best describe it as a cross between Larry Winget, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tony Robbins and Jon Acuff. Augusten gives us a very matter-of-fact (often stern) “talking to” (occasionally peppered with colorful language).
While my personal views differ in some regards, there is no shortage of gold here. I jotted down many snappy one-liners full of insight, practicality, and humor. I found the following words so profound as to dedicate an entire blog post to it. I challenge you to read this quote more than once – ***and let it sink in***
“Miracles do happen. You must believe this. No matter what else you believe about life, you must believe in miracles. Because we are all, every one of us, living on a round rock that spins around and around at almost a quarter of a million miles per hour in an unthinkably vast blackness called space. There is nothing else like us for as far as our telescopic eyes can see. In a universe filled with spinning, barren rocks, frozen gas, ice, dust, and radiation, we live on a planet filled with soft, green leaves and salty oceans and honey made from bees, which themselves live within geometrically complex and perfect structures of their own architecture and creation. In our trees are birds whose songs are as complex and nuanced as Beethoven’s greatest sonatas. And despite the wild, endless spinning of our planet and its never-ending orbit around the sun–itself a star on fire–when we pour water into a glass, the water stays in the glass. All of these are miracles.”