It’s amusing how life throws situations in your face that you can’t seem to ignore.
Yesterday morning, my fellow co-workers and I started a lively debate on the topic of inspirational reading. One side claimed that you can find inspiration in any type of reading while the other, single-man party, insisted that enlightenment happened through text that contained scriptures and messages from anointed speakers.
Disclaimer: I do not judge people based on their religion or seek to discredit anyone’s faith and belief system.
However, being a person who is open to everything the world has to offer, I sought to educate this man on the ways of life as I see it. Spirituality, inspiration, and thought provoking proclamation does not only derive from religious outlets. Although these avenues shed light on important details regarding faith, moral code, and ethics, in order to become spiritually well-rounded, strictly in my opinion, you have to step into the real world and with it’s real world situations.
In no way am I commending inspirational speakers and/or authors; three (3) out of ten (10) books that I owe tend to be from the self-help section, however, the remaining seven (7) books tend to be fictional based. Reason being, reading from someone else’s point of view farther extends my own.
Moreover, I believe our designation of who should be delivering inspirational message has become flawed. While attending a book signing/networking event that very evening, you couldn’t guess what kind of book was being debuted. A self-help! In talking to some of the attendees, most were impressed by the author’s social circle, business savvy, and various hustle, all notable accomplishments but in standing in line to get my boss’ book autographed, I couldn’t stop myself from reading a little passage (hello! it’s a book in my hand) and eavesdropping on other people’s conversation. “She has so many likes on Facebook” was one of the main “compliments” I kept hearing. So along with religious prominence, one must possess social media merit as well! These are our role models! (But this will just turn into an even longer post so I will continue that debate at a later time!)
Back to the earlier incident .. A co-worker from the every book party suggested that you can learn from fictional books such as Harry Potter to which the single-man party completely disagreed based on the fact that they are unrealistic. I understand that some readers can not morph their imagination around creating an alternate universe in their minds while reading, I get it but I beg to differ that the emotions and life stages of the characters are unrealistic when looking at the root of it. Death is realistic. Heartbreak is realistic. Puberty is realistic. Loss is realistic. Love is realistic. So on and so forth.
Because we all are emotional beings, we should be able to comprehend that we can find these truths in every book, in every life event, and in every person whether they are fictional, anointed, or an average human on the street. Just because a person has status or religious “purpose,” does not mean you base your entire viewpoint on their declaration and deem all other forms of guidance as unnecessary or irrelevant. Not only is this close-minded but ultimately harmful to your spiritual being.
You can find ethics and morale in everyday walks and talks of life; more often than in inspirational books written by people who prey off your spiritual insecurity. Awaken your own spiritual journey in the all providing universe around you and discover your personal enlightenment on a daily basis.
Where do you find spiritual enlightenment and do you give into your spiritual insecurity by buying self-help books?