Celebrate Love

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Here's a poem I wrote for my fiancé years ago after a dream I had. 


I feel as though we've danced
this dance many times before—
that I was once a wave and you,
a pebble on the shore.

I softly splashed against you,
then wrapped you up in me.
You asked for an adventure
so I carried you to sea.

When we awoke, we'd slipped
into a different time and place.
This time you gave me water
each time you kissed my face.

And after many seasons
of flourishing with you,
My petals withered in the sun
and I was born anew.

I couldn't bear to be without
my other half, my home.
So soon enough we joined again
among the woods to roam.

I've known you by some other names,
in other places too.
Our souls they are not strangers,
their memories, not few.

I've found you every time
and adored your every state.
You've somehow always found me too,
and so it is with fate.

Each and every time we've met
I've loved you more and more.
Perhaps that's why it seems as though
we've danced this dance before.
—Ruben Chavez

Recommended Books #TGPbookclub

At the beginning of every year I, like most people, set goals and visualize what I want my year to look like. One of the things I wrote down as a 2017 focus is setting aside more time for reading.

I've found reading to be one of the best ways to organize my thoughts and inspire growth in my life. You can see what books I'm currently reading on Instagram Stories, and I will start posting more book reviews here on the blog.

I'm often asked for a list of books or a reading list for people getting started on their self-development journey. It was hard to come up with a short list and even harder to not write a book report on each one!

I narrowed it down by only including books I have found myself revisiting again and again.

These is my core list of books.

I'm always open to suggestions and I'd love to hear what books you've read that you keep coming back to!
 

WEALTH CREATION

Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill

The 4-Hour Workweek - Timothy Ferriss

Creative Visualization - Shakti Gawain

The Secret - Rhonda Byrne

Rich Dad Poor Dad - Robert Kiyosaki

The Science of Getting Rich - Wallace Wattles

The Law of Attraction - Esther and Jerry Hicks

Money and the Law of Attraction - Esther and Jerry Hicks

 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND MOTIVATIONAL

Unlimited Power - Anthony Robbins

Awaken the Giant Within - Anthony Robbins

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living - Dale Carnegie

The Power of Positive Thinking - Norman Vincent Peale

The Magic of Thinking Big - Dr. David Schwartz

Psycho-Cybernetics - Maxwell Maltz

The Law of Attraction - Esther and Jerry Hicks

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey

The Magic of Believing - Claude M. Bristol

As a Man Thinketh - James Allen

How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie

The Greatest Salesman in the World - Og Mandino
 

SPIRITUALITY AND SELF-ACTUALIZATION

The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle

The Law of Attraction - Esther and Jerry Hicks

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

Meditations: The Spiritual Teachings of Marcus Aurelius

A Course in Miracles - Helen Schucman and William Thetford

The Law of Attraction - Esther and Jerry Hicks
 

BUSINESS / ECONOMICS / FINANCES

Good to Great - Jim Collins

The 4-Hour Workweek - Timothy Ferriss

The Richest Man in Babylon - George S. Clason

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership - John C. Maxwell

Blink - Malcom Gladwell

It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to be - Paul Arden

Pay Attention to What Excites You

Be honest with yourself about what sparks you and take action on it. Don't worry about finding your one true "passion." That's too abstract of a concept to figure out logically. Instead, start by acting on the small things that excite you each day.


Get in the habit of recognizing and acting on the small things that you feel drawn to. These things will eventually lead you to the bigger, more meaningful things that you may define as your "passion" or "purpose."


This process works because excitement is an organizing and unifying energy. All excitement interconnected.


In other words, the "small" things that excite you or spark joy are connected to your bigger desires, even if you can’t see how. Even if they seem mundane, trivial or unrelated to your larger goals, the excitement tells you that they ARE connected.


Your conscious brain does not need to know how they are connected. That is the job of the subconscious mind.


Bottom line: Do not invalidate the things that excite you just because they seem trivial or because you can't see how they tie into your "big picture goals." It's not your job to know how it's all connected, it is your job to honor what excites you by ACTING on it.
—Ruben