Confession – I usually read multiple books at the same. It’s usually two – maybe three; and I consciously choose books that don’t go together naturally. Right now, it’s Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One and Candice Kumai’s Kintsugi Wellness: The Japanese Art of Nourishing Mind, Body, and Spirit.
I’ve done this since I was a kid. And I read different books at the same time for a couple of reasons; but it really comes down to creating a push-pull in/on my brain while reading them, and then indulging this slightly odd need to find connective tissue between the two, seemingly-disjointed books. Like – what’s one thing they share; what’s one idea they’re both trying to get across. (Career truth: This is something I do across mediums, as well – I’ll read two different articles or listen to two different songs – then, try to find a one sentence connection between them. Does no one else do this? < insert silence.> Great.)
A little while ago, I was reading Tim Tebow’s Shaken and George Saunders Lincoln in the Bardo at the same time. I respect each/both in their own respective ways, but the idea that connects the two is one of my favorite ideas ever – and that’s soul work. Yes, we each have a body, but even more special is that we each have a soul. It’s that soul work that keeps you alive – and in love.
You must find what fires you up and engages your soul. Note – this isn’t about passion; I’m over passion; I’m over the word, I’m over the IG videos from the front seats of parked cars talking about passion. Over it it. I’m talking about the layer deeper. If you have a whisper of an idea that won’t let go – it’s because it’s gotten into your soul. Do something with that. Right now. Because that’s your soul. Listen to it.