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The Light Shift: 21 Simple Ways to Make Your Days Interesting, Get Unstuck and Beat the Daily Grind Paperback – August 3, 2015
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About the Author
Ritu Rao is a dentist, business owner, and writer. She's based in Dallas, Texas.
The Light Shift is her first book, where she talks about how small shifts can transform your life.
You can find her at riturao.com, or @riturao on Twitter.
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At first reading this book I get a feeling of too deeply frozen 'instant guide to happiness' although there are right things all the way. But after some ten pages of the text I am getting inspired and starting to mark highlights as well as sending screenshot of meditation to a friend who does it every single morning.
Congratulations, you with timestamp unfortunate American for using the marking (2013-04-23). I know and have daily since the turn of millennium everywhere used still better: 20130423.
Reading chapter 7 I am really getting fascinated. Although quite recently boasting to somebody suggesting to me that I should give serious consideration on the future of humanity: continuing the present way to hell or for hope of something better, yes boasting: why an instant to thoughts about future, when there is no such thing as the future at this age of 78, better to concentrate on today, carpe diem, to he'll with the future.
In spite of the taste of instant guide this text is really fascinating. Hope to keep in mind what it says: it is up to you to 'Make Your Days Interesting, Get Unstuck and Beat the Daily Grind' as the subheading of the bookdwarf self-consciously says. Even returning to this text with table of contents in the wrong end you would not lose anything, but on the contrary: gain for the benefit of self conscience and perhaps a fresh start for a troubled mind.
By the way, I cannot get rid of wondering: is the author he or she until I get the answer neatly in a blurb talking of her. Still the name irritates me: what is her origin? A Finn? As the first name hints to.
you see "the light". You will recognize yourself in the scenarios that the author presents and you will find
tangible techniques on how to move yourself in the direction that you want to go in.
Many times during the day, I recall a sentence from the book which helps set , and reset, my intention and
focus. Makes for a great gift, too!
The Light Shift is full of great ideas on how to break down those changes we all know we'd benefit from, but that just seem to overwhelming to make.
It's an easy 2 hour read that inspires. I highly recommend it.
In her Introduction we gain access not only to her warm sense of humor but also to the idea behind writing this book: ‘You crave more: variety, challenge and growth… even if you can’t define them just yet. Those are all the things that make life interesting, and light your fire. They add that oomph, and tell the Rut to shove it! I am a firm believer in personal responsibility, and whenever the job, relationship, or even lack of external excitement does not align with our true selves, we can take steps to better our situation. We all want answers to the big questions, but until we find them, we can work with what we do have— today— to make each day count, and things get better from there. I’m offering suggestions— 21 of them— to inject your daily life with a little pep so your days feel less mundane and more interesting; less stuck’
Ritu opens with The Magic Bullets that make things happen: Take action, Be consistent, Put in the time, and Stay persistent. While these are solid and basic, the following are among the little shifts we can incorporate – Eat worthy (is it worth it?), The Seven Day Theme (a challenge a day for 7 days), Do without (stay away form your smart phone for an hour or two, etc), Get turned on by meditation, Quick decisions, The half visualizations and so on. Ritu provides the most common sense light shifts in the way we think, cope, behave, repeat, speak, judge – little hints of doable alterations that can make our lives so much more rich and happy and satisfying. Or as she says, ‘Are you waiting for one big moment to change your life? Chances are it's not coming.’ You need to makes the shifts yourself.
The reason this well considered ‘therapy’ works so well is the manner in which offers it – simple, straightforward, with a healthy dash of humor and relating her own experiences - that it is almost impossible not to change, just by reading and incorporating this book. She adds zest to her book by inserting some wonderful quotes, such as,’ If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance.’ ~ George Bernhard Shaw, and ‘I don't like work but I like what is in the work--the chance to find yourself. ~ Joseph Conrad.
This little book is well worth your time. Grady Harp, May 16