Whitney Eaton, Contributor
When lost or confused in life and in need of a little insight and encouragement, some people shop, some surround themselves with friends, some see a therapist and some go to church. If none of these tickle our fancy, perhaps you should try a 'motivational conversation'. With whom? you may ask. Well, with Marvette Camille, the author of Motivational Conversations. In Camille's book, the simplistic yet resounding message of 'just be you' is delivered and expounded upon in seven chapters, which seem to move through the various progressions in everyone's life as we all search for joy, peace and our own identities.
Motivational Conversations is a combination of poems and short prose-like pieces that deal with working on yourself, letting go and moving forward with life, and accepting both yourself and others. The title given to Camille's work is only partially adequate; while it is quite motivational, the 'Conversation' part ... is a little lacking. Perhaps you could call it a conversation with yourself, but, all in all, it seems more like a compilation of shortened, self-help, discovery workshops in book format.
Author's fulfilled purpose
This, however, does not detract from the author's fulfilled purpose. Whether you don't 'know' who you are, you think something is wrong with or imperfect about you, you find yourself in a 'dark' space, miss someone, need to let someone or something go or you're simply looking for something nice to read that will lift you and make you feel at peace with yourself, you can pick this book up and know that it will affect you some way. It won't necessarily change you or transform your entire life, no book can guarantee all that, but it does have the power to affect you if you allow it to.
Camille calls upon her own experiences to create meaningful and motivational pieces which apply to all the different stages of self- discovery, self-acceptance and self-love. In these compiled writings, it's easy to pick out lessons to be learnt, including:
- Just be you; do you.
- Even though it cannot always be bright and sunny from where you sit, you can decide what colour glasses to peer through (i.e. though you cannot control what happens in life, you can decide how to view it and how it will affect you.)
- The end of certain things in your life points you to the gateway to bigger, more exciting paths for you to embrace and conquer.
- You are perfectly imperfect.
If you've read and enjoyed anything of the Chicken Soup for the Soul variety by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark, then you can happily place Motivational Conversations by Marvette Camille right beside it on your bookshelf.
Motivational Conversations has the ability to motivate and inspire if it finds its way into the right pair of hands; perhaps the right hands are your own.