Do you wish you could give your younger self great advice about life? Cheryl Todd believes that reading Vera Koo’s second book earlier in life would have really helped her. Find out why in this video review of ‘Wisdom and Things.’

Cheryl Todd is the executive producer and co-host of “Gun Freedom Radio,” owner of AZFirearms Auctions, Pot of Gold Auctions and founder of the grassroots movement Polka Dots Are My Camo. Cheryl answers a few questions about Vera Koo’s second book “Wisdom and Things,” including who she wishes had read the book.

My exterior does not show what I am made of. ~ Vera Koo


Below is an excerpt from Cheryl’s written review of ‘Wisdom and Things.’ Click (原文出處為線上讀書俱樂部 (中文書評全文在書評摘要後方。)

One of my favorite quotes from 顧方蓁’s latest book, “Wisdom and Things: Essays From An Unlikely Champion

在顧方蓁新書《巾幗槍神散文集:顧方蓁的人生智慧與事物》(Wisdom and Things: Essays From An Unlikely Champion,暫譯)中,我最喜歡的一句話是:「我的外表顯示不出我是由什麼構成的。你是誰,不僅止是你的外表或你的成長經歷,而是取決於你的意志力、敬業精神和你的持之以恆。」在世人生活被將近兩年的全球疫情擾亂之後,這樣的毅力、韌性和希望比任何時刻來的都重要;此刻,正是需要人生智慧與諸事鼓舞啟發、重新振作的最佳時機。


Within the pages of Vera Koo’s collection of essays, she reminds us that although we must dig deep within our hidden strengths and “Seize the moment, and don’t hold back”, community is also important. Her essay titled, “Why you should surround yourself with inspiring people” is an unvarnished look at Vera’s insecurities, and how she has gained strength from her mentors and other accomplished women. Vera confesses that she is much more comfortable being the student, rather than the teacher. However, because Vera pushed through her initial unease with being in the role of a firearms instructor, in front of cameras on an online NRA television show no-less, she was able to empower other women to learn from her background in the shooting sports. 

方蓁在散文中拋出一句擲地有聲的句子:「不要錯失你的『某一天』」。我們當中太多人遲遲不去實現我們的夢想,因為我們認為到了「某一天」人生自會允許我們取得這種自由。而實際上,那一刻可能永遠不會到來,等待也只會導致更多的等待。回顧我們許多人在全球疫情封鎖期間所經歷到意外曲折,方蓁的這句智慧名言顯得格外清晰有力。經由她的榜樣和她的文章,我們感到鼓舞——「如果你相信你可以做點什麼,你通常可以!」 permission will never come. Waiting will only result in more waiting. Looking back at the unexpected turn that so many of our lives took during the global lockdowns brings into sharp focus the wisdom of Vera’s words. Through her example and her essay, we are encouraged that “If you believe you can do something, you usually can!”

This post was originally published by Women’s Outdoor News.


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