Friday, November 13, 2015
I had read Elizabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler's book - Life Lessons - what 2 experts on death and dying can teach us about life and living. Recently I attended an event where the book was discussed. I ascribe to Stephen Covey's 7th law - Sharpening the Saw - take the breaks needed to rebuild. For me, attending seminars does that.
You would think the obvious lesson would be "life is short" (and I was tragically reminded of that last night when I attended the funeral visitation of Kate Waterston, a 34 year old who died of a brain aneurysm) but that is not the focus of the book. Rather it is about how to live.
Some of the lessons:
1 - Be happy now. For me, part of this is having a habit of being grateful. The more grateful I am, the more content I am and that, for me, is happiness. I do have a great life.
2 - Fear limits life. What could you do if you had no fear? Fear creates limits. Approach life from that view.
3 - Forgive. To not forgive limits your life and to be perfectly selfish often is irrelevant to the person you are not forgiving.
One quote from the book:
"Great people don't have something everyone else does not - they've simply removed a lot of the things that get in the way"
It is a good book and was an inspiring event.
And a Huffington Post article by my friend AJ on being or not being an entrepreneur.