Books That Will Make You More Confident, Happy and Spontaneous
A few everyday women find a way to break free of
worry, doubt and anxiety—and live to write a how-to-do-it-too
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The Society of Timid Souls: or, How To Be Brave
The Gist: In 1942, a group of musicians banded
together to face down their horrible stage fright. Inspired by this
"Society of Timid Souls," writer Polly Morland decides to look at
what she describes as our contemporary failure of the "collective
nerve" in which the media has surrendered to "a taxonomy of terror: the planet warming, the bankers squandering, the terrorists bomb-making, the pedophile lying-in-wait." To combat it, she investigates the most ordinary and
extraordinary of heroes: an elderly woman who threw herself into the path of an
attacking Rottweiler to save a baby, a middle-age traveler whose hotel was
leveled by an earthquake and who dug out her fellow guest, a mother who gives
herself a Caesarean section in order to save her baby, as well as talks to
whistle-blowers and free climbers. Are we born courageous or is it learned, she
wonders. Her final conclusion, however, may just make you realize that you can
always be what Morland calls a "Brave Soul."
Bullfighting Revelation We All Need to Have:
"An injury is a medal."
Advice From a Firefighter That We All Need to Follow:
run [to an emergency] because by the time you get there you won't have had the time to
think what to do...Walk
toward the problem and confront it."