Reading is the main condition for the occurrence of cogitative possibilities. Reading is certain training for the brain and its propensity to create. Self-knowledge, introspection, self-education, and self-improvement are all directly connected with reading. Direct gaining from reading can be obtained through various stories related to different life stories. This essay addresses different inspiring real-life stories and favorite life lessons obtained from course readings, external sources and shared by my peers.
Inspiring Real-life Story
The real-life story that inspired me is called “A great feeling” published in 2008 on Allnurses.com, assumingly by a nurse with the nickname nurselsteele. In this story, the author emphasizes the great feelings that come from working as a nurse, stating that hearing appreciation from people whose life was saved due to your involvement is a great reward in this job. This situation is especially inspiring and as I intend to pursue my nursing career, this story encourages me to follow my intentions. The second story titled “How Self-Made Titans Got Their Starts” published in 2008 on Forbes.com by Melanie Lindner was shared by Alan Ortiz. This story is about John Catsimatidis, the owner of the Red Apple Group and aspiring mayor of New York City, and it shows that even when lacking a starting capital, the success can be achieved by knowing the right people. This story is significant for me as it shows that talent and persistence can substitute initial investments when starting your business. The third story, shared by Jilynn Valentine, is about Marianne Pearl, a reporter and journalist writing a column called global diary for Glamour magazine. Her story was made into a film titled “A Mighty Heart” which shows that courage and strong will can help people overcome the hardest obstacles and personal losses. This story is inspiring because it shows that life continues no matter what hardships you face in life, but only strong people can proceed in their careers and make her life experience inspiring for others.
My favorite life lesson came from a book called Awakenings (1973) by Oliver Sacks. The book which was made into a film starring Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams, tells the real story of the author – a passionate and somewhat unorthodox doctor who struggles to cure patients of encephalitis, a sleeping disorder that struck many victims in the 1920s. The work of Sacks, who is named Malcolm Sayer in the book, is instructive because it shows that life can be appreciated even for short periods. The second life lesson, shared by Breanna Whitney, was published in the Los Angeles Times in 2008 and tells the story of Brittany who was diagnosed with leukemia in her junior year of high school and died afterward when she was 17. This story tells us that losing someone can be sometimes shocking and unexpected, thus we should always express our feelings to people that surround us, as it is possible that we might not have this chance anymore. Another story, shared by Jilynn Valentine, was about Somaly Mam – a Cambodian woman who experienced sex slavery and after her escape, she saved thousands of other girls who were victims of trafficking. This story is an example of world cruelty, where the collective work of people such as Somaly helps to reduce its consequences.
Surprising Super Foods
“Surprising Super Foods” by Jeanine Barone is an article aimed to deliver the idea that certain types of food, such as fiber, milk, cheese, almonds, etc if we’re eaten regularly, can save people from using pharmaceutical products and prevent certain types of cancers. One of the author’s main points is addressed toward the benefits of adding fiber to your daily diet, stating that “adding fiber to your diet adds bulk to your stool, which then moves the colon faster, flushing out carcinogens before they can cause damage. Also, bulky stools dilute cancer-causers so they are less likely to attach to intestinal cells.” (Barone 113) An additional point is made on the benefits of chocolate, which is one of my favorite products; where the author explained that darker chocolate contains more phenolics, which can provide pleasurable feelings. “University of Davis scientists recently found a substance (anandamide) that stimulates the same brain receptors as psychoactive compounds found in marijuana.” (Barone 115).
How to Organize Your Thoughts for Better Communication
“How to Organize Your Thoughts for Better Communication” by Sherry Sweetnam, is an article that teaches writers how to frontload your thought and ideas so they will grab readers interest outlining the important ideas without wasting time or efforts. One of the points that I found useful was in positioning the ideas, where the author stated that “Effective business communication organizes thought in the opposite way. The rule is to get your point upfront; then give background and details.” (Sweetnam 109) Another point I found important is the way negative responses should be delivered to the reader or interlocutor, arguing that “When you have to tell someone no, it makes much more sense, to begin with a positive tone or kiss. Then when you ease the bad news or the kick in the second paragraph. In this way, the no isn’t such a blow” (Sweetnam 111).
From the aforementioned stories and articles, it can be seen that personal experiences and life lessons include precious knowledge that can be transferred through reading. Examples of talent, strength, and persistence shown in the aforementioned examples can serve as guidelines that were made available only because people have chosen to share their experiences.
Barone, Jeanine. “Surprising Superfoods.” Humorously Serious, a College Reader and Rhetoric. 2008. 113-16.
Sweetnam, Sherry. “How to Organize Your Thoughts for Better Communication ” Humorously Serious, a College Reader and Rhetoric. 2008. 108-11.