Although I do read many books from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Shakespeare and Frost, there are two books that I believe everyone should read during their lifetime. Now I am not a Book Reviewer like some but I did find a two blogs that did a review of one of the books. Those blogs are Jissen Budōka and Blog @DrBenFung.
The first book is The Book Of Five Rings
by Miyamoto Musashi
Translated by Ashikaga Yoshiharu
is a descendent of a Samurai, and teaches English at Tokyo University. Edited by Rosemary Brant.
A wealth of philosophy can be found with this roughly 200 pages of text and imagery. Although the book is meant for the martial arts and fighting with swords, many leaders of our nation and I heard that Tony Robbins the motivational speaker once read it as well. There was a quote I found pertaining to this gem of a book, ”
“You must train day and night in order for you to be able
to make decisions quickly.”
Successful people from Napoleon Hill to Andrew Carnegie; from Henry Ford to Anthony Robbins all say that the most successful people are those who make decisions quickly and change their minds rarely, if at all. The ability to make decisions quickly in battle, of course, can mean the difference between life and death. This is definitely a skill that must be acquired. But this skill very much spills over into other areas of life as well.“
The next book that I try to utilize in my daily life as well is a book titled: Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, translated by James Legge though I heard the Stephen Mitchell does a better job at the translations. The philosophy within this book can be used for both leadership and for daily life, one of the philosophies to paraphase, is that we may enjoy certain beverages because they taste good, but to intake these beverages in moderations.
From theguardian.com, Tao Te Ching by Laozi: ancient wisdom for modern times has one famous author David Foster Wallace photo with a quote, “The mysterious Laozi’s ancient wisdom may be hard to translate, but the meaning is clear – learning to be self-aware could improve modern life” I for one resonate with this quote.
Mans best friend most of the times do not get mentioned in obituaries nor is there anyway to really place them on a family tree. In my opinion, there should be a platform to add our favorite animal friends, so that they are remembered for they do become part of our family. The photo is of Nisha a California Wolf and German Shepard mix. I used the keywords most of the times because some genius people would make up a last name for the animal so that the deceased best friend could be listed as a surviving relative. That is one way of getting your best friend mentioned in the obituaries. Nisha could become Nisha Rios in my case.
How did my friend get her name? While at Butte College, I studied martial arts with Patrick Haley, Michael Weldon and Larry Reynosa himself as my mentors and teachers, because of my fondness for martial arts and Ninja films, she was black and white and could sneak up on you in the shadows so, Ninja + Shadow = Nisha. I did not have to train her for she is the one that trained me. Five in the morning she would softly get on the bed and straddle her legs so not to hurt my arms as she silently crawled closer to my face. She would then softly lick my face in her effort to wake me and if that did not work she would bark letting me know it was time for her to use the facilities.
At the time when I living in Willows, Ca, I was outside with Nisha and my Mother came out to pet Nisha. There was a rather large deep hole in the yard and when Nisha saw my mother getting closer to whole, Nisha would adjust herself and cover the whole with her butt so that my Mother would not trip. Nisha was amazing and smart.
One Idea I have, although there are some minor league ones out there already, is for a platform similar to what Find A Grave use for our ancestors. Just a thought.