Two hours ago, I sat down to write this post. I got it started and then remembered that I wanted to download my Instagram content, so I popped over there and 45 minutes later, was still working on getting the folders with my photos organized.
Ah, such is the life of a person with ADHD. What does it have to do with this post? Almost nothing… which is kinda the point. I mean, about ADHD, not being an empath.
You may or may not know that I rarely just sit down and write off the top of my head. I almost always read through the book again… skim, really… make some notes about what I’d like to write, jot down quotes, get links I’ll need from amazon and check to see if the book is listed on Goodreads and see what other people think of it. <<< I do this because it often gives me another (interesting perspective) to consider. More than once, someone has said something I’d thought of as I was reading and it validated my thought. Other times, a reader says something totally counter to what my experience was and I go back to the book to see if I’m off-base.
Today is one of those days when my look at Goodreads gave me pause. Why? Well…
Even as a person who knows I’m an empath, I found this book difficult to read. I wasn’t sure why, exactly. That bothered me.
It had all the bells and whistles I like: Big Headings, Bullet Points, Questions, Exercises…
What was it?
Let’s begin at the beginning…
First, here’s a neat video that compliments the book, if you’re interested. It’s the author of this book: The Empath Experience by Sydney Campos:
I like this gal! You don’t often get to “meet the author” in this way (by watching them speak) and I really appreciate it. It takes *nothing* away from the book itself.
Because I “liked” her, I expected to really like this book… and I mostly DO. But as I say… it was / is… well… wordy. Ah HA!! That’s it! It took me all this time and sitting down to write about it to realize what it is that bothers me about it…
It’s SUPER wordy.
Campos packs a-whole-lotta stuff in here! It’s a memoir, workbook and guidebook but 85% is her memoir. I love biographies, I mean, if I’m picking up a book to read about someone. In this case, I was picking it up to read about Empaths… and, er, me!… know what I mean? So, I guess – not to put too fine a point on it – I was surprised at the level of the personal story.
Now, this brings up another point.
KETTLE MEET POT.
Oh my GOD, I’m ALL ABOUT sharing my personal story pretty much EVERYwhere.
What’s that they say? You hate most in others what you hate in yourself? Harsh. Maybe dislike would be better.
How about this?
The Empath Experience is a great little book filled with stories, stuff and things about being an empath. You will learn the different types of empaths (and if you are one!) and all the ways we deal with the gift… some healthy… and some NOT. Finally, it will show you how to accept and love the empath within. You will laugh, you will cry and you will learn!
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March 5, 2022 – A wee note about reblogs.
While they are in chronological date order, I don’t share every post I’ve ever written. I skip some. In fact, so far, I’ve only shared book posts as reblogs, no Bio Moments or Easy like Sunday or Poetry posts.
Books… it’s where I started and where I’ll end. At least, blog-ily speaking.
Still, it would be kinda neat to take some of my more personal posts and do a “Before and After”… what I’ve learned and that kind of thing. I think I’ll keep that idea in my cap for later.
Kinda funny, since this particular post discusses both the book and my personal life, as so many of them do!
Everything connects with everything, which connects with everything else. One big ball o’ wool. Maybe not so compact. Maybe there’re knots of new colored yarn, rolled in. There are other, fluffier bits… and coarser, too, woven throughout.
Such is life, eh?