I realize that 95% of my posts are about my baby, so to prove that there is more to me than worrying if my baby will ever nail down a sleep schedule, take to heart this book review.
I first heard an interview with Eric Greitens on my favorite radio station, NPR. Eric wrote a book entitled "The Heart and the Fist," where he shared his life memoir on his education at Duke and Oxford and his current life as a Navy Seal. I know, sounds kinda dull, right? But after hearing him talk about his travels over seas, his intense military training and his innate desire to be a humanitarian, I was astounded that one person could make such remarkable and genuine contributions to the world. I immediately went home and recommended the book for the library to add to its collection. I got the book at the beginning of the week and I haven't been able to put it down since.
Before you know it, this book has you changing the way you view your own life. If there is a person who knows anything about self-worth and self-mastery, it's Greitens. He had me motivated to be a better person by page 3. His ability to learn from every situation he was placed it was incredible, and he took it to heart. Like when he learned to box, he had a coach named Earl. Here's what he says about him:
"God, in Earl's view, had invested every person with strength, and it was our duty to develop that strength. 'What did my father give me muscles for? What did he give you brains for? Now look here, I may not be the strongest man on the block, not the smartest man on the street, but I know that my Father didn't give me what I have for me to waste it.' The logic train went like this: every person had strength. Therefore, every person had a duty to develop their strength. Therefore, every person had the duty to use their strength in the service of God. Sometimes that meant skipping rope properly. Sometimes that meant helping a young kind lost in the world... You honored God by using your time wisely."
I'm a religious person and I've read countless scriptures that testify of the same truth to make use of the time God has given you, but just to have it put out there in such elementary yet honest terms felt refreshing. In no way do I perform at such a magnitude each day as a Navy SEAL. My time and energy is spent with things like paying parking tickets. But I'll tell you what - as I was getting lazy and putting off paying it for no reason, in all seriousness, my mind jumped to all the things Greiten did during his day and I thought "La-de-frickin-da, I'm going to pay this dang parking ticket today!" If there's anyone who is stopping me from living up to what I am able to be, it's me.
I should be a newspaper columnist after that long review! BUT, now that I am reaching the end of my wonderful journey with my Navy SEAL, I need something else for my little eyes to read. I'm kinda on this biography/memoir kick. Any good suggestions?