Positive Perspective through Books

I thought I would put together a list of good positive books that can help take your mind off the daily struggles and maybe bring a smile to your face.  The books are not in any particular order – just good different types of reading.

  1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn; Betty SmithThis will remind you how we are all connected, especially now when we need it most.
  2. Hope in the Dark; Rebecca SolnitFrom this, we will be better as a nation.
  3. Let’s Pretend this Never Happened; Jenny LawsonJust a fun, enjoyable book.
  4. I was Told There’d Be Cake; Sloane Crosley; A collection of funny essays
  5. If Life is a Bowl of Cherries What am I Doing in the Pits; Erma Bombeck   It’s Erma – can never go wrong with her when you need to feel good and laugh
  6. Just Sit; Sukey and Elizabeth Novogratz. If you’ve ever thought about meditation and didn’t know how to start, today might be the time to start.  This will help you.
  7. This too Shall Pass; Julia Samuel.  These difficult times won’t last forever, great book of hope and coping
  8. The Little Book of Mindfulnes; Patrizia Collard. Quick 10 minute reads to cope during stress
  9. What a Time to be Alone; Chidera Eggerue.  During social distancing, good book to help get to know how wonderful you are
  10. Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team and A Dream; H. G. Bissinger  Football fans alike – if you liked the movie, you’ll love the book.  Develops the town and the characters like only a good book can do.

In a world of such uncertainty and chaos right now, life can seem quite negative and unbearable, especially to our allied health caregivers on the front lines dealing with so much death and illness.

Doctors and nurses often get the majority of praise and recognition. It is definitely well deserved, but I also want to thank and give praise to all the allied health professionals working the front lines! They aren’t usually mentioned but it made me think of something my granddaughter said when she spoke about her X-ray tech at the hospital. She called him a nurse. So many people outside the healthcare industry do not realize the differences between the doctors, the nurses, and the allied health professionals. You give them excellent patient care too.  Even as a young adult, I didn’t realize the differences and referred to you as nurses as well. So hang in there and realize the perspective many people have and know you are all thought of when the “thank yous” come. 

Finally, a big THANK YOU once again for all you do.  And just like one of the book titles above – THIS TOO SHALL PASS.  Know we are all cheering for our heroes on the front lines.

Chris Goldsberry is a Team Lead for the Imaging division at Aureus Medical Group.

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