I AM CHINA

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I love this book! The words are chosen so carefully. It is such a pleasure to read. I am reading this book as part of the Wednesday book club I joined. It is not a book I would have normally chosen, that’s why I am so glad we are reading it. I haven’t finished it yet, but it is one of the few books I will keep and read again. The way Xiaolu Guo is using words to craft them into sentences with such meaning is extraordinary. I would like to write like that. Beautiful!

Is addiction hereditary?

My mum told me last week that she gave up smoking in November 2016. She apparently attended a seminar where she was told that addiction is hereditary. Now I think that is bullshit. In my immediate family my sister, my dad my mum smoked or used to smoke. My grandmother on my mothers side never smoked, my aunt and my grand dad did. My grand dad was also an alcoholic. If it really was hereditary why don’t my nan or I smoke then? My mum was told at this seminar that there is some part at the back of the brain pre-programmed to addiction and that it is hard work to re-program your brain if this part is prone to addiction. Again, I think this sounds like rubbish to me. But maybe there are some science fans out there who agree with that theory and can explain it better to me? I think it has something to do with will power, but maybe this is just easy to say for me as I was never addicted to a harmful substance? If you have a few on this or know some more facts please feel free to comment as I find this quite interesting. I may just add that I am not a very sciency person and you may  have to keep your explanation simple 😉

Purpose

 

This post follows on from yesterday’s. I said that I wasn’t sure what my purpose is in this life. Today I bought this book. It is called: ‘In The Garden of Happiness’. The picture at the top shows the page that I found most fitting. Firstly because I mentioned it yesterday and secondly I have really been struggling finding the moments that bring joy to my life. I started the #100happydays, but this didn’t really help. Apart from food or drink nothing really brought me joy. The picture above talks about ‘moments’. It also says ‘fill your days’… so does this mean I have to fill my days with joyful moments? This sounds like hard work. So far I have been looking out for random moments of joy. Maybe that’s where I have been going wrong.

‘When you feed your hard with things that delight you, they will illuminate your path to happiness’. Tomorrow is Monday. This is my busiest day of the week. I will have to try very very hard to find joyful moments, or better, create some joyful moments. Wish me luck x