30 Day Challenge Update – Day 7

7 Days in and still going.  It was a little difficult being away camping and then at a cottage, but I managed to get my exercise in, do my reading, affirmations, healthy breakfasts and wake up without hitting snooze!

The toughest part, I think, is not hitting that snooze bar, but I’m glad when I’m up and exercising.  I love the reading part, because I have a stack of books I want to read and by taking 20 minutes each morning I’m making great progress.  Right now I’m reading Crucial Conversations.

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Courage, My Word!

Today, I listened to a song I’ve probably listened to a thousand times. Courage (for Hugh MacLennan) by the Tragically Hip.

I’ve always liked the line,

there’s no simple explanation
For anything important any of us do
And yea the human tragedy
consists in the necessity
of living with the consequences
Under pressure, under pressure”

I decided to do some research to see if there more to it than just an interesting verse.  As with most of Gord Downie’s lyrics, there is.  Through the website hipmuseum.com, I learned that the line is paraphrased from Canadian author Hugh MacLennan’s book, “The Watch that Ends the Night”.  (Hence the song title)

The passage from the book reads,

“…that there is no simple explanation for anything important any of us do, and that the human tragedy, or the human irony, consists in the necessity of living with the consequences of actions performed under the pressure of compulsions so obscure we do not and cannot understand them.”

Wow. Eloquent. I need to read more of that.

hipmuseum.com provides some interesting background on Hugh MacLennan and the inspiration for his works and also further analysis of lyrics in the song.

To summarize, I listened to a song I’ve heard a thousand times, used Google to research a line I like, read a  passage from a website explaining the line, learned it’s from a Canadian author who sounds like he’d be a good read, go to Chapters.ca and buy the book which will be shipped to my door.

Thank you Internet.

Some worthwhile reads…

Here are a few books I’ve read in the past year, which I enjoyed and thought you might too.

The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor – an informative discussion on positive psychology

The Brain that Changes Itself by Dr. Norman Doidge – a fascinating collection of anecdotes by this psychiatrist on the study of neuroplasticity.

Drive by Dan Pink – interesting and somewhat irreverent book about motivation.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson– as if you haven’t heard of this. Didn’t live up to the hype for me, but enjoyable regardless.

Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It by Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson – book about changing the work place to one where we manage the work and not the people.  Results Only!

The Art of the Sale by Philip Delves Broughton – analysis of several very different successful sales people, what drives them and why they are successful.

Touching the Void by Joe Simpson  – incredible true story of near death experience of two mountain climbers.

I hope you take the time to read a few and you enjoy them as much as I did!