You know those people on instagram that claim their whole world runs smoother, more efficiently and just better because they start (or end) their day with some inspirational reading? I can only assume their lives are falling apart at the seams.
Alas, I decided to jump on this train anyway. I figured the worst case scenario would be a more productive life and increased positive vibes throughout the day. September always feels like the start of a new year for me (it’s a teacher thing I reckon) and since I have a new last name (Linnen) and new grade (junior kindergarten/kindergarten) I thought a new approach to positivity would only help me and my students. After looking at some options, the book Szen Zone by Gary Szenderski landed in my hands.
In the introduction, the author suggests reading the book however you want. Doesn’t have to be in order, just flip and stop at any page. I love this option when it comes to a book of short stories. It just feels more fun, am I right? This book is full of stories, insights and inspirational tales. Each section ends in a szenippet- aka a take away phrase to keep you thinking for the day. Or night. No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to find extra moments in the morning to read. I chose instead to end my day with a section from this book. We all know it’s better to end your day by looking at anything besides a screen, so I found this book a good way to wind down before sleep.
An underlying theme in this book is that change is constant. It is how we look at and react to these changes that can make the difference. The author says, “this book can help you establish the context and right frame of mind to embrace and manage change.”
This book put positive thinking in the forefront of my mind. By being more aware of how I was personally reacting to change it made me realize I do have more control than perhaps I realized before. For that alone, I am happy I read this book.
While I was reading this book, I would chat about it to my friends and coworkers and it would spark conversations between us that we would not have otherwise. Getting other people’s perspectives on how they chose to react to change is interesting and I appreciated the organic conversations that came from things I read in the Szen Zone.
Lastly, there were some sections of this book like I liked more than others. My one criticism would be that some of the sections were too short. The author quickly develops these character struggling in some aspect of life and then he gets to the moral of the story, where as I was often left wanting to know more. Where are they now, what happened since then, etc. I wanted the whole journey. I did, however, particularly enjoy the parts where empathy, encouragement and living life to the fullest were highlighted. For me, the fact that the reading each night wasn’t more than a few paragraphs kept me engaged and wanting to read more and it never felt like a chore.
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who is seeking a little kick in the butt for starting a new chapter in their life or just want to infuse some positive reading into their day. Or if your life is literally falling apart at the seams. It’s easy, quick and encouraging. On a scale of one to ten, I would give this book a solid 7. Happy reading my friends!
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