“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” - John Lubbock
If you're new, just a head's up, this week's newsletter is slightly different from the norm.
This week is a quick one. I've been on vacation this entire past week and am probably on my way back home as you are receiving this email.
However, I wanted to make sure I got something out, so I put this together before leaving. I am simply including some links for recommended reading. Included is a great article and newsletter by a couple of great writers from my Write of Passage cohort, my all-time favorite kids' book, and the book that tops my list of best books ever written.
Discovering What's Possible: My Write of Passage Journey. A great article by Sandra Yvonne on why we should never let fear stand in our way and why anything is possible. Sandra received a scholarship for Write of Passage, and it's a good thing she did. The world needs to hear what she has to say.
Is compounding your friend? - Intellectual Banter: Episode #9. A look at why compounding is so vital to all aspects of our life by Adi Verma. If you're not subscribed to Adi's newsletter, I don't know what you're waiting on. Read a few editions, and you'll feel like you've known the guy for years. His common-sense approach to topics that weigh on all of our minds makes everything seem manageable.
The Westing Game. A children's mystery novel by Ellen Raskin. It's easily one of my top five books of all time. I'm not exaggerating when I say I've read it over one hundred times in my life. The reading age for this is 8-13, and that's the age I was the first time I read it. But I've read it multiple times as an adult, and I still love it. You would think a mystery novel wouldn't be something you could enjoy over and over, but every time I read it, it still captures my attention. It's less than $6 on Amazon and it's six of the best dollars you'll ever spend.
Meditations. Meditations is a series of personal journals written by Marcus Aurelius, who was the Emperor of Rome from 169 to 180 AD. This tops my list of best books ever written. I loved this book before stoicism was cool. I've never been especially religious and have always struggled with the concept of religion. And not for lack of effort. I've done Bible studies, read other religious works, met with pastors and other religious leaders one-on-one, and everything else you can think of. And while neither this book nor stoicism, in general, are necessarily religious, the first time I read it, I remember thinking, "This is the Bible I've been looking for." There are many different versions, but the link I have included is my favorite of all those I've read. It's incredible how relevant words that were written almost 2,000 years ago can be to the lives we live today.
That’s a wrap for now.
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Haha I'm gonna do the same comment as Sandra 😂
Damn Randy, appreciate the shout-out brother! And the extremely kind words 🙏🏻
Have a great Sunday my man. Also, your drawings are leveling up haha. They're fun - you should do them more.
Oh wow, just got around to reading this issue and wasn't expecting the shout out.
Appreciate you, Randy!
Also, your doodle game is getting better and better!
“Most of the things we need to be most fully alive never come in busyness. They grow in rest.” ― Mark Buchanan