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A lifelong skeptic of the self-help genre (One-size-fits-all)—while at the same time always hoping that the next one I pick up will be The One—I was pleasantly disarmed by the range and flexibility of this refreshing and practical and trusty little book.
Drawing from both personal and clinical experiences, on life-lessons both earned and learned-from, as well as from the wisdom of the ages, the two authors lay out, quite coherently, a highly adaptable, all-sized blueprint for living. And, as in the best applied courses taught by the best professors (remember the title), while the tools may be supplied, each student is mandated to use them in his or her own unique ways. There is poetry here, as well as mechanics.
Like a life well lived, the “course” quickly acquires a flow (note how often, for example, one chapter dovetails with the next)--the book a fluid progression, carrying the “student” over, under, around and through a series of markers, those givens in life that are essential to either address (“First Things First”) or to avoid (“Distractions”); essential too, of course, is the ability to divine the difference. And here Life 101 is particularly strong. In a chapter entitled, “Synchronicity”, we are told of the synchronous events surrounding one author’s search for, and discovery and acquisition of, her dream home. In a heart-tugging twist, we are reminded that sorrow, too, can be a component of the synchronous, and that some things cannot, and must not, be avoided.
But, “Sorrow prepares us for joy”, we are told elsewhere in the book among the many well-placed and well-chosen quotations. And Life 101 is a book chockablock with such insights, observances and prescriptive calls-to-action. Mutually-enhancing parts of the book play off one another, each contributing to a stronger and richer whole—kind of like the kind of lives the authors do such a fine job of guiding us toward. By being so profoundly engaging, they awaken (or reawaken) us to the benefits--and necessity--of engaging with a very meaningful world in our own very meaningful ways.
The discussion of multitasking resonated with me. I have always taken pride at being able to multitask well. I never considered this to have any negative consequences. It did not occur to me that by multitasking, I wasn't giving any of the tasks my full attention. I admit that there were times when I felt I rushed through a task and didn't take the opportunity to enjoy what I was doing but was more focused on its completion. As I think back, I was raised to multitask. My mother is a master at multitasking. She is always busy and has accomplished a great deal in her lifetime. My sisters are also queens of multitasking!
Taking the time to enjoy and live in the moment is now one of my goals. As I consider the labyrinth, life is not a straight path but a series of twists and turns. At times, we need to stop and take note of our surroundings and live in the moment. Many thanks to the authors for helping me realize the importance of this prospective.
Life 101 gave me so much to think about, even though I’ve heard some of the ideas before, the analysis was very interesting.
The Recommended Book section is extremely helpful – and I plan to explore the resources listed here.
Some other points that resonated with me are imagining a white light around me when I’m with a difficult person, and the concept of Flow. I’m even considering using a Life Coach, something I’ve never thought I would benefit from til now.
It’s wonderful that the authors are donating part of the proceeds to the Malala Fund.
I highly recommend this book.