Brave Enough: Soul-nourishing

IMG_20151106_112307I loved Cheryl Strayed’s Wild. I still haven’t watched the movie, but I loved the book so much that it helped me make peace with my past. Hence, I was naturally looking forward to the release of her next book — Brave Enough – A Mini Instruction Manual For The Soul.

Brave Enough — a collection of Cheryl Strayed’s favourite quotes from her writings — had a chinwag with my heart. I bought the book for Rs 49 on Amazon Kindle, and I started reading it at 2 am this morning. I couldn’t stop because it was as personal as having a profound conversation with a close friend in wee hours. As my eye-lids grew heavy, I slipped into slumber reluctantly. However, I liked the feeling of waking up to a nice book, and I resumed as I sipped my morning coffee.

Cheryl Strayed introduction was modest. “For every quote in this book imploring you to accept and forgive and be brave (enough), to be kind and grateful and honest, to be generous and bold, I’m imploring myself to do the same. In other words, I’m not trying to be the boss of you. I’m attempting to be a better boss of me.” I bought that view. Strayed revealed that she had been a quotes-collector since she was twelve. She added, “Most of all, they (quotes) tell us we’re not alone. Their existence is proof that others have questioned, grappled with, and come to know the same truths we question and grapple with, too.” I bought that view too. Fair and convincing enough. 🙂

The quotes were on love, relationships, loss, identity, letting go, healing… I devoured all of it. I kept highlighting many a quote, and if I chose to reproduce it here, Strayed might sue me. 😉 However, I am taking the liberty to share a couple of quotes.

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There were many, many more quotes that I wanted to print and keep it at my work-station and in my bookshelf. There were many more that I wanted to share with my friends. There were a few more that I wanted to print on my tees. And there were some more that helped me unload my baggage.

Brave Enough is one of the very few books that I fully intend to visit again. And, I leave you with one other quote that I loved.

“You let time pass. That’s the cure. You survive the days. You float like a rabid ghost through the weeks. You cry and wallow and lament and scratch your way back up through the months. And then one day you find yourself alone on a bench in the sun and you close your eyes and lean your head back and you realize you’re okay.”

PS: And with Brave Enough, I complete my Goodreads‘ Reading Challenge for this year — 48/48. Yay! 😀

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