Thursday, January 5, 2012

Do you Doubt?

I was reading the story of Nephi and the Brass Plates today (yup, new years resolution...still going strong) and all the characters except two experience significant doubt - about what they are asked to do, if they really can do it, etc.

Got me thinking. 

How much don't we do because we doubt?  What do we talk ourselves out of, BEFORE WE EVEN TRY, because we question whether we will be able to do it or not?

I kind of went through this a few months ago, before I really decided to jump into the writing thing without abandon.  Why not?   What's the worse that could happen?

So I got thinking about other things that I don't do because I doubt I can in the first place. 

Doubting stops now. 

So, I've reset my goodreads reading goal to read 50 books this year.  I think I can do it, but think about it.  What happens if I don't? I read lots of fun books, write lots of reviews and...?  And if I accomplish it, I prove to myself that I can do it. 

I really want to finish losing the weight I started on a while ago.  So I'm eating healthier - but not extreme.  And if I don't lose that weight, I really could live the rest of my life in the shape I'm in an it would be okay. 

What could you do in your life to get rid of doubt?  What have you always wanted to do but haven't because you talked yourself out of it?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Thousand Splendid Suns

What?  A book review?  Yes, and I'm super behind so there should be plenty to follow.  I was going to write my review for The Kite Runner, intending to provide a link to this review.  I read this book four years ago and somehow, it never got a review on here.  I don't know what happened because I could have sworn I wrote one, but here we go anyway.

A Thousand Splendid Suns takes place in Afghanistan during the occupation of the Russians and the rise of the Taliban.  It focuses on women, both who get dealt a rotten hand at life to begin with,  a situation that is only elevated with their location.  The reader gets to see the reason for marriages in a couple different situations, watching how, as the Afghanistan people are thrilled over the end of Russian reign, they soon realize that what is replacing it may not, in fact, be better. 

I don't know that I have ever loved female characters like I love Mariam and Laila.  Even after four years of having read this book, I could still remember their names, their descriptions, the moments when I experienced such joy for them, along with the anguish and finally complete love.  This is a book written for adults, but I didn't find it to be crass or inappropriate in any of the situations.  And I still remember deciding I was just going to finish a chapter and call it a night, the shock and I still can't believe, that made me reread just to make sure I read it correctly and forced me to finish the book because I couldn't sleep without knowing how it ended.  It is beautiful - truly a must read.