Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Library Thing Tuesday Thingers

The question this week is: How many books do you have cataloged in your LibraryThing account? How do you decide what to include? everything you have, everything you've read, and are there things you leave off?

At the present time I have 435 books entered on Library thing. I still have a bunch to list that are in storage and will require some heavy lifting to get to. I have decided to list everything that I have mainly so I have some idea what I do have and what I do not. Every catagory is important to me and I could not choose one above the other. I mainly have non-fiction with a little seasoning of fiction. One of the things that I really like about Libarary thing is that if (heaven forbid) something would happen to my collection I would know what I once had so that maybe I could someday replace it.
I only list those books that I do have in my library with the exception of having done a review for it that I want to stay up on Library Thing. If I don't have a reviewed book any longer I use the tag NLIL (No Longer In Library). I have not read everything in my library since so much of it is reference. I do not know anyone who has read the Materia Medica cover to cover. (At least not all at once) So my library is just what I love.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Sacred Commerce, Business as a Path of Awakening

In “Sacred Commerce, Business as a Path of Awakening” business is not a usual. Matthew and Terces Engelhart show how a profitable business does not have to follow the common pattern of business that measures success with dollar signs alone. Their new book discusses an approach to business that recognizes the importance of the employees well being and the experience of the guest first.
This book follows a step by step approach to implement a business practice that is also a spiritual practice. A place where profit, awakening, sustainability, and service can work together to make a work place that gives everyone who experiences it an opportunity to grow spiritually instead of a workplace that restricts the time you have to spend on your spiritual life.
While the book itself is not long in length it is filled with a series of very short chapters that explain each and every point made. I found that instead of making the same statement over and over in slightly different ways the writing style of this book was more about using an economy of words to make a point. Yet it was necessary to take your time and ponder over each and every sentence to be sure not to miss a single point. Most chapters ended with the opportunity to put into practice the point that was made in that chapter.
Having come from Years of work in the food service industry I would have loved to have worked in a workplace much like the one the Engelhart’s have created. Now that I have my on business as a sole proprietor I hope to find ways to also incorporate some of their principles in the work I do. While I do not have any employees in my business I know that I can implement these practices with my clients and the way I approach business on a daily basis.
This book is a must read for anyone who struggles with the desire to maintain their spirituality while following their passion in the business of their choice. Being a spiritual business owner is the change that the world needs at this time while many other businesses have lost their ability to serve the communities that they are earning their living from.