I would have been the last person to buy it,or,rather going for any book penned by the same writer was a non-agenda.A friend of mine bought it for himself and read few lines from here n there on phone.It gripped me and i requested him to lend it for a quick reading.
Briefly talking about the mental blocked related with a particular writer might help me to talk genuinely and honestly about the book.
Title is so very catchy,that you can’t resist to see it,atleast,for once.Rest will come naturally,now I can say this with more confidence.My 13 yr young son said,”what the hell u r reading,mumma?”I ,then spelled the title,and amzingly he said,”I will cry for you,uncle will cry,and the entire family will cry for you”.No wonder,it brought tears in my eyes for no obvious reason,as i wasn’t on death-bed.
What i wanna highlight is that it touched the boy who is not aware of anything practically about the substance of life,but has seen deaths of near n dear ones in this early age.
This book is all about living life more joyfully,meaningfully,and completely.It thouches all aspect of material to spiritual life.like,”discover your calling,Honor your past,schedule worry breaks….”.At some places,it is more straight,direct like”Be a better parent,or Be unorthodox..”.Some reader might found it repetition of same stuff,that u find in almost all books on personality development.Sometime it appears more like an excellent cut-paste job when it touches general topics like”Get up early,or”keep your cool”,appearing at the same time childish.Here i say,we always ignore such small little things in reading,as well as in our lives.This reminded me again to focus on very basic mannerism of life,and its never fading importance in my life.
Few ideas are very new to me ,”PRACTICE TOUGH LOVE”.Robin says that getting tough with yourself is actually a very loving gesture.I never thought to take it this way.He says that being stricter to oneself is to live life more delibrately,and living it on one’s own terms.So,like more tough you are about yourself,easier comes life to you.
Another one is “BLESS YOUR MONEY”....some shades of it can be seen in Luis Hay’s “Heal your life”,where she talks about respecting the bills.I try to elaborate it with one example,..all of us use our phones,gas,electricity,or domestic services,but when it comes to pay,somewhere the feeling is,”oh,so much money to pay”,or,”my whole money is going to waste”...we crib a lot.At least,1-1/2 years back,i used to be one like others,but not now.Robin gives a peripherial extension to this thought.He says to bless the money when we send it out.If we are paying for our groceries,we must bless all those who have been instrumental to bring them:the farmer,the delivery persons,store clerk…all in chain,so that money can add value to lives of people who are connected to us thru that money.
I perfectly loved it,and enjoying practicing it.
The book is great for being simple,straight,and focussed.There is no chewing upon lexicological front.He is crisp and more than willing to quote rather reproducing the ideas.It would take much of your time to finish,as it stops you to do things that you always felt like doing but could never execute in your life,or executing it partially or unknowingly missing the focus and magic of it.
Needless to mention,I didn’t like robin’s “The monk….”,which is said to be a best-seller.
I recommend it to all of us.