Welcome back to another Weekly Balance post – the twenty-second in this series! Let’s have a look back at the past seven days in my life and what I’ve learnt and loved from it.
What went on in my doctor life…
I think that, while the COVID-19 pandemic continues, I’m going to leave out this section of The Weekly Balance for now. I can’t share the specifics of my day to day work – its not appropriate for many reasons, but confidentiality is the main one. I would also guess that many of you, like me, enjoy taking time to switch off from all things pandemic, and I hope these weekly posts might help with that a little. I hope you guys can understand that, and thank you!
What I’m thinking about…
The importance of honesty. Those of you who know me well will know that I am a TERRIBLE liar – so I don’t do it. Lying doesn’t sit well with me – it gives me a very uncomfortable feeling in the pit of my stomach, and I think that’s partly down to how I was raised (thanks Dad!). My point on honesty though, is that it’s really central to how effectively we communicate with each other. When things like problems and issues and struggles build up and up inside of us, they get bigger and bigger until they can seem insurmountable, or we erupt in a figurative volcanic ash cloud of anger, irritation or sadness when something small sets us off. That’s something I personally want to avoid at all costs, so I do my best to be as open and honest with family and friends as I can, always, but especially when I’m finding something challenging.
Honesty also matters when it comes to our own selves. It can be all too easy to bury our heads in the sand when we know we should be addressing something – trust me, I’ve been there too, and it’s a lesson I’m always learning. But remember, big things can become little things when we open up about them. Lying to yourself is the same as lying to others – and it can be even more problematic because it’s often easier to do.
Honesty is the best policy. Tell your truth, and see if you notice a difference in life.
What I’m reading…
This week I finished All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Holy MOLY. I loved this book so much. I could end the review there but I know you guys wanna hear more than that! When I shared that I was reading this book on my Instagram I got SO MANY messages from you all saying you loved it too! Which is always a fantastic sign.
Set against the harsh & bleak backdrop of World War 2, this fiction novel tells the story of two central characters – Maire-Laure, a young girl living in Paris who is blind, living with her kind and caring father who is the locksmith of the Museum of Natural History, and Werner, a young orphaned boy fascinated by technology and science growing up with his younger sister in Germany. The story begin in the initial years of WW2, when the Nazis occupy Paris and Marie-Laure and her father have to flew West to the citadel of Saint-Malo. What Marie-Laure doesn’t know is that her father guards a precious secret he has been entrusted with. Werner meanwhile is enlisted by the Nazis to maximise his talents in science and technology, which take him across Europe during the war. I can’t say much more about the storyline of this book without giving spoilers away, but suffice it to say that I ADORED it. It is a dark and heart-wrenching read at times for sure, but it is also enchantingly written – the attention to detail in the novel in particular is absolutely incredible. I also really enjoyed the layout of the many short chapters, I think it made it all the more readable! What stands out most in this book is true to the title – the ability of light & kindness to shine through dark times. An amazing read. Get this on your list if you haven’t already!
My current read is called The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary, and I’m really enjoying it so far. It’s a lovely change of book from my last, a good bit lighter and fun in it’s storyline, which I definitely needed! Hopefully I’ll have a review to share on that here next week.
As always, let me know what you’re reading in the comments below!
What I’m listening to…
The week, I’ve downloaded a new audiobook on Audible – Rising Strong by Brene Brown. I am LOVING it so far – I really enjoyed her book Daring Greatly, which came before Rising Strong, and I think she is a wonderful narrator and storyteller. Brene speaks a lot about vulnerability, bravery and courage – her books and the many podcast interviews I’ve listened to with her are nothing short of inspiring. When I finish Rising Strong I’ll be sure to share a review here!
I also really enjoyed her interview on author Elizabeth Gilbert’s podcast Magic Lessons, which was all about creativity. It was recorded a few years ago now, but as someone who is writing a lot these days, I really enjoyed hearing Brene’s perspective on creativity – I learnt a thing or two as well!
Recipe of the Week
The recipe I’m loving this week is the latest to be shared on my blog – my Moroccan Style Lamb and Chickpea Tagine You can find the recipe to give this a go here. As always, let me know if you give them a try!
And that’s a wrap for this week gang! If you want to get in touch, you can find me @theirishbalance on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. I hope you have a lovely week ahead folks – remember, stay home, stay safe, wash your hands, keep your distance and be kind!
Ciara 🙂 x