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I AM NOT PERFECT

Author: Bruno Thursday 19 November 2020

Since I started working in the publishing world, almost 30 years ago, I have been in constant learning. My profession is one of those in which you will never know how to do it all because you can always learn new things, and new ways to do them better. That’s why it’s so interesting. However, at the same time, it’s a job that requires such a high level of demand, that it’s necessary to have a very special character in order to maintain the balance of life. It’s funny, because to be able to work in what one is most passionate about, I personally think we are very lucky, and you are even luckier if you work in something that is your own project. But the reality of it is that you carry such a big backpack on your shoulders, and knowing how to manage it all is one of the most complicated tasks I have to face in my everyday life. There are so many things that you have to learn and assimilate; like knowing how to stop when you are overflowing, analyzing each step coldly without taking things personally, and ending up accepting that you are not perfect, that you can make mistakes and that not everyone will like you. This inner endeavor, that is difficult but beautiful at the same time, is what almost all of us must learn in our fast-paced and stressful lives. 

In this long road, of which I think I am already beyond half-way through, many of my authors have helped me put conscience to some of the things that today’s book recommendation explains. They have done so through their books and with our conversations, accompanied by a coffee, great moments that I used to see as routine and now seem extraordinary to me. So, reading Nobuo Suzuki’s new book, WABISABI FOR EVERYDAY LIFE, published by Obelisco, has been a mirror to see myself, since the philosophy of Wabisabi brings together three characteristics of nature: 

Nothing is perfect. This is becoming increasingly clear to me, and I add: nothing and no one.

Nothing is finished (we are always growing). I said it at the beginning of this blog, life is always growing and learning. 

Nothing lasts forever (The ephemeral nature of things and people is what gives them value). This one is the hardest for me to assimilate, but it is true, and although there are things that you would want to be eternal, they are not.

This book shows this philosophy and can revolutionize our life in all areas, making us more sensitive to beauty and helping us to be more creative. In short, more human and happier, which is, for me, the main objective of why we are here. The beauty of imperfection, which is what Wabi Sabi means in Japanese, is an authentic, personal and nature-connected way to take care of ourselves, regain the inner harmony and grow. In these turbulent times we are living, any book like this is a breath of fresh air, and for me it has been a lesson to be able to stand up with this heavy backpack I carry on my shoulders, and what is better, I have learned to fall and to know how to stand up, with the cracks that this entails. But a cracked cup is still beautiful. We must go on.

THANK YOU SO MUCH

Author: Bruno Thursday 12 November 2020

This blog is special, because today I just want to thank all of you who have participated in our solidarity campaign LA LITERATURA ALIMENTA. We set ourselves a challenge, which was to collect 3000 euros, for El Banc Dels Aliments, which due to the situation caused by covid19 is overflowing with families who come to them for help. Families that, before the pandemic, already needed it and this huge health and economic crisis is showing us that the people who suffer the most are always the same, the ones at the bottom of the system, the workers, those who are fighting everyday to keep going.

That’s why it makes a lot of sense to do this campaign every year, it’s been seven years since we started it, because there are always people who need this support, and our only goal was and has always been to HELP those who need it the most. I thought that a big collective like the literary one could do it, that once a year we could think about the others, but we just needed someone to organize it and I jumped into the pool. It’s true that when you start a solidarity campaign you have to dedicate a lot of time to it, there are a lot of hours and uncomfortable moments asking people to participate, to help, to scratch their pockets, and that’s not easy. My SB team and I have invested a lot of time to reach the goal, but it has been worth it. The satisfaction of knowing that this money will be able to give some light to families who are suffering, for me has a value that I cannot express in words. There are people who have even asked me what I gain from this, and they do not believe that what I gain is the satisfaction of being able to help others.

This weekend has been magical, the reactions of the friends who helped have been extraordinary, and although we were quite far from the challenge in one day, we managed to complete it. The chain of good people got going and with a little bit of everyone, we did a lot. And that is how I understand life. Every time I want to be closer to those who understand it as I do, and I have realized that I have chosen well the people who are around me. By helping each other we can achieve everything because at the end unity is strength. For most of us it may seem easy to help, but if we think about it, it harder than we think. And although we brag about being supportive and thinking about others, making a firm step and roll up our sleeves to put the work, costs. Luckily there are always engines of positive energy, of real energy, that make good things possible and for that reason, I am very grateful to all of you who, after my THANK YOU SO MUCH.

This blog is special, because today I just want to thank all of you who have participated in our solidarity campaign LA LITERATURA ALIMENTA. We set ourselves a challenge, which was to collect 3000 euros, for El Banc Dels Aliments, which due to the situation caused by covid19 is overflowing with families who come to them for help. Families that, before the pandemic, were already in need for its help. This huge health and economic crisis is showing us that the people who suffer the most are always the same, the ones at the bottom of the system, the workers, those who are fighting every day to keep going.

That’s why we feel it makes sense to do this campaign every year. It’s been seven years since we started it, because there are always people who need this support, and our only goal was and has always been to HELP those who need it the most. I thought that a big collective like the literary one could do it, that once a year we could think about the others, but we just needed someone to organize it and I jumped into the pool. It’s true that when you start a solidarity campaign you have to dedicate a lot of time to it, there are a lot of hours and uncomfortable moments asking people to participate, to help, to scratch their pockets, and that’s not easy. My SB team and I have invested a lot of time to reach the goal, but it has been worth it. The satisfaction of knowing that this money will be able to give some light to families who are suffering, for me has a value that I cannot express in words. There are people who have even asked me what I gain from this, and they do not believe that what I gain is the satisfaction of being able to help others.

This weekend has been magical, the reactions of the friends who helped have been extraordinary, and although we were quite far from the challenge, we managed to complete it in one day. A large chain of good people got going, and with a little bit from everyone, we did a lot. And that is how I understand life. Every time I want to be closer to those who understand it as I do, and I have realized that I have chosen well the people who are around me. By helping each other we can achieve everything because, at the end, unity is strength. For most of us it may seem easy to help, but if we think about it, it harder than we think. And although we brag about being supportive and thinking about others, making a firm step and roll up our sleeves to put the work, is hard. Luckily there are always engines of positive energy, of real energy, that make good things possible and for that reason, I am very grateful to all of you who, after my messages, have wanted to help me achieve this goal. Thanks to all of you, with this common challenge, many children will have a hot plate on the table this November and December. And is there something more important than that? Yes, there is because everyone should always have food on their table. That is why I do not give up, and I will continue feeding this campaign with more strength every year.

And one last note for those who are most confused: the challenge ends this November 15th and although it has already been accomplished, we can still raise the mark, the more we collect, the more we will have to help others.

So, my blog’s recommendation for today is to go to https://www.migranodearena.org/reto/la-literatura-alimenta and make the last donations for these families. In return you will receive our ebook “El hogar de las emociones”, with nine stories that nine of our authors gave us for the cause where they explain nine emotions that help us to be the best that we can be in this life wich is what my parents have taught me, A GOOD PERSON.

THANK YOU.

HERO OR VILLAIN?

Author: Bruno Thursday 5 November 2020

If I were to ask you if Robin Hood was a thief, almost all of you would answer yes, since he was, but if I were to go a little further and ask you if Robin Hood was a bad person, I think there would be a diversity of opinions, since he stole from the rich to give to the poor, and in the end, they have shown him to be a good guy, shameless and rogue but a good-hearted guy. Although we all know that one shouldn’t steal, because the end doesn’t justify the means, when I read Sebastià Bennasar’s new novel EL REI DE LA CERDANYA, published by Capital Books, its main character, Martí Cots, who exists and is not a fictional character, reminded me a little of that Robin Hood in his most beastly version. Martí, called by many el Rambo of the Cerdanya, has been wreaking havoc among the police for almost three decades. He has been in and out of prison several times for petty crimes to defend against outside intruders, what he has always called his kingdom, La Cerdanya. Once again, reality surpasses fiction and this character who seems to have come out of a film, exists, and has managed to be seen by the police as one of the most difficult fugitives to capture. He is capable of living in the open, overcoming the low temperatures of the area, hiding in the most inhospitable mountains of the Pyrenees and with the sole purpose of defending a territory. Hero or villain? Decide for yourselves! 

DISCOVER THE MAP OF LOVE

Author: Bruno Thursday 29 October 2020

Love is always so special, so much so that if we were given a definitive map to understand it, perhaps many of us would buy it, wouldn’t we? Francesc Miralles and Javier Ruescas, authors of PULASACIONES and LATIDOS, two authentic bestsellers in the youth scene, embark on a new story, LOS CINCO CONTINENTES DEL AMOR, which has captivated me from beginning to end because of its wonderful concept. The authors tell us the story of Olympia, who receives a very special gift from her absent father: an old atlas with notes on the five forms of love, forms that are related to the five continents of the world. Encouraged by her best friend, Olympia accepts the challenge of exploring a love in each continent to discover where her heart belongs. She meets five strangers, with different ways of loving, and must choose which one she likes best. However, not everything is perfect, and she will have to find the balance in her journey, so at the end of the story we will discover the secret of true love to enjoy a full love. 

A tender, yet funny novel to live love intensely but without losing your path, without losing that goal that only an Atlas, coming from a father’s hand, can help you unveil the deepest truth about love and who is better to share it with. Under the label Nube de Tinta of Penguin Random House, these two authors offer us this original story that I am sure will make you fall in love. 

THE RECONNECTION, a pending issue

Author: Bruno Thursday 22 October 2020

My blog’s recommendation this week is for a useful, effective, and easy book. I have been trying to listen to myself more for a long time, to make my day to day life more conscious, and one of the people who has helped me to achieve this is Anna Sólyom, friend, author and body therapist.

RBA has bet on her book entitled RECONNECT WITH YOUR BODY where Anna gives you guidelines to listen to your body’s signals, which are very clear indicators of what is happening to you and what you are experiencing. Everything you experience, think and feel is manifested in your body in the form of pain, stiffness, cramps and blockages, or a general feeling of fatigue. Which of you has not had any of these symptoms at some time? Do you know how to interpret them? If you learn to read these signs that your body sends you, you will discover the most powerful instrument to free yourself from everything that overloads you. Your body will be a map that reveals both the problem and the solution. As Francesc Miralles says in the book’s epilogue: Your body is your true home and we spend half our lives turning our backs on it, we consider it a mere container. To avoid it, Anna teaches you through simple guidelines how to take care of it and how by listening to it you can fix those discomforts that we carry as routine and that in the end have a logical explanation just by looking inside. This is a book to recover the corporal conscience and with it the reconnection with your body. All our emotions are reflected in the body and Anna presents it to us in this book in a clear way so that we can all apply it in our daily life. A book for all of those who want to take care of themselves, who want to discover and reconnect with themselves. It does not cost anything to try it, so I encourage everyone to read and try it, it will not leave you indifferent.

Thank you, Anna, for this book that is a break from all the hustle and bustle.



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