Why this book? I was in Victoria browsing my favourite book store, Munro’s books & came across this book "Still Hopeful: Lessons From a Lifetime of Activism."

It was published in 2022 so it provides historical context as it relates to Covid, water crises & governments focused on creating a better planet.

On page 3, I learned about the difference between optimism and hope. Optimism can be dangerous because it does not require engagement and if things don't get better you go straight to pessimism. Hope requires engagement and Wise hope is born out of radical uncertainty and rooted in the unknown.(Umm maybe like with Covid).

In those early days when information was changing by the day my partner & I would go for long walks & talk about everything going on. There really was a sense of taking care of each other & your neighbours that I haven’t seen before.

In the chapter “The Rising of Women'' she shares how women in the 50s and 60s were taking up office jobs yet still couldn't open a bank account or apply for a passport without a male relative’s signature. This was only 60 years ago. We have made progress.

There was also chapter on justice for water.

Today there are over 83,000 people in Canada who don't have clean drinking water and most are First Nations communities. Globally 2 billion people are forced to drink contaminated water daily. The author started the blue committee pledge which is focused on 3 items:

1. To protect and promote the human rights to water.

2. Phase out bottled water and...

3. To assert water is a public trust and no privatization of water services will be allowed. She shares how this movement expanded globally outside of Canada and continues today.

This book provided “wise hope” for me as we navigate our changing world. & on a side note it was only 223 pages which after reading 30 books so far this year, was a great read for this summer.

Let me know your thoughts!

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Why this book? When I am in bookstores I will typically look at my good reads to see what I have on my to-reading list or sometimes I just go in and browse to see what catches my eye. This book came to me through browsing & looking at new non-fiction. The title jumped out to me & it made me think YES I WANT TO KNOW MORE!

This book is a cross between an autobiography about Fariha's childhood and the complexities around healing her body and spirit. She shares very painful experiences of a mother who abused her mentally, physically and sexually. Warning to those that this book may be hard and it may be triggering.

It is broken into 4 parts: The journey to the mind, to the body, self-care & introduction to justice. She has a whole chapter on white people co-opting yoga which was really interesting providing history & context.

Here are a few quotes that stood out to me:

We could look at the binaries of science and wellness like this, where science is seen as more rational and intellectual, which is coded as masculine, while wellness is seen as intuitive, irrational, and therefore castigated as feminine. I hadn't thought of wellness and science like this before but I can definitely see the correlation. Why is that?

What if depression, in the Americas at least could be traced to histories of colonialism, genocide, slavery and isolation that haunt all of our lives, rather than to be biochemical imbalances? This idea that it is on the individual and not the collective experience.

Healing ourselves must happen in tandem with healing the earth. We really are connected and once we stop trying to separate us as individuals maybe we can begin to heal.

This is the first book I have read from the author and won't be the last. I will definitely read her other two: Like a Bird and How to Cure a Ghost.

There are 23 weeks left in the year and if you would like to do a book review I would love it. Please reach out to me - send me an email at info@stephanieredivo.com

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Why this book?

You know the articles:⁠

  • Top 3 Things To Do Before 8am To Have A Productive Day⁠

  • 3 Productivity Hacks To Do Today To Make You More Efficient⁠

  • Top X Ways To Find More Time⁠

I think I could go on forever because I click on them every single time. I have a Pinterest board for productive hacks. I have tried it all & what Oliver Burkeman says in his book, is that we have it all wrong. ⁠

Book is broken into 2 sections: Choosing to Choose and Beyond Control.⁠

My fav chapter is called "Staying on the Bus". It also just so happens I work in transportation so I am familiar with buses. This chapter is all about patience & understanding patience. It begins with an example of an art history teacher @ Harvard, Jennifer Roberts whose first assignment is to find a piece of art in a museum & stare at it for 3 hours. ⁠

I thought there was no way I could do that. The author shares his experience of how the first 18 min were very difficult & that it felt like hours, however he was able to calm his mind & focus on the painting. ⁠

When was the last time you did this? ⁠

I enjoyed learning about the 3 Principles of Patience, not surprisingly, b/c this is where I started to get some guidance on what to do.⁠

-Develop a taste for having problems- try to appreciate having problems⁠

-Embrace radical incrementalism - work on something even for 15 min a day⁠

-Originality lies on the far side of unoriginality- focus on consistency and stay on the course⁠

A great book that allowed me to rethink time & urgency, and appreciate that patience takes time.⁠

He has 5 questions for us and this is what stood out for me:⁠

How would you spend your days differently if you didn’t care so much about seeing your actions reach fruition? ⁠

As a program manager reaching a goal is very important & to be honest I am not sure what I would do differently.⁠

Another interesting book that allowed me to pause and reflect on my relationship to time and productivity.⁠

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