The first book that changed my life forever, wasn’t an inspirational or motivational book. The author is not a guru of any type. The first book that changed my life forever, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume.
I have dyslexia and the school I was attending used phonics to teach us to read. I have nothing against phonics, but it is a horrible way to teach a child with dyslexia. However, that information was not known at the time.
I also have a hearing disability that made it impossible for me to differentiate some of the vowel sounds.
What a combination? It’s no wonder I struggled learning to read and lost the desire to even try.
I was in forth grade and the teacher decided to read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing to the class. Each day, she would read a couple of chapters. I would close my eyes and picture the story in my mind. It was my favorite part of the day.
When she finished reading the book, I felt lost. I wanted to know more about Peter and his brother. I went to the library and eventually read all the books they had by Judy Blume. After I ran out of Judy Blume books, I started to read books by Beverly Cleary. Next I was ready about Encyclopedia Brown and Nancy Drew.
It was a struggle at first, but the more time I spent reading the better I got. I didn’t know it at the time, but the most effective way to teach someone with my set of disabilities to read was through a method of repetitive sight reading. Since I fell in love with stories, that is exactly what I was doing.
It was Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing that motivated me to develop my reading skills and gave me a love for books. It changed my life forever.
While I was in New Orleans, I bought a hat with this on it.
According to alligators, we should all:
- Keep a low profile
- Be thick skinned
- Bask in the sun
- Take a bit out of life
This is great advice. Alligators are a lot smarter than I thought.
You are stronger than you think, because you are a human being.
Mankind has overcome natural disasters, wars, tyranny, atrocities done by our own kind, and a massive list of other obstacles or difficulties. However, the human spirit refused to surrender. Humans continue surviving, regardless of the circumstances.
Don’t underestimate yourself or your power as a human being. You are stronger than you think.
According to the dictionary, to empower is “to give power or authority to.”
Don’t empower your past and allow it to control your life today. Don’t empower other people and let them decide what direction your life will take. Empower yourself and take control of your own life.
This book is about a young man seeking his personal legend (following his dreams).
While I was reading the book, I spent a good deal of time thinking about my own personal legend.
I enjoy reading, traveling, and seeking out unique adventures. I also enjoy writing about my adventures, my life, and my thoughts on various subjects.
At this point in my life, I am able to do all these things. I feel like I am living my own personal legend.
I really enjoyed this video. It helped me to gain a new perspective on my own abilities and personal struggles.
I decided to share it with my blog followers and hope that you will benefit as well.
You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice. (Bob Marley)
Surprise yourself everyday with your own courage. (Denholm Elliott)
You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. (Marcus Aurelius)