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Live Like a Fruit Fly: The Secret You Already Know Paperback – August 1, 2011
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What am I supposed to be doing with my life? That's probably the most asked question in the world of New Age. Berman claims to have the answer: stop doubting yourself and live in the moment, like a fruit fly. His cut-to-the-chase syle and chatty tone make this an easy read. Like he says, we already know the things he's telling us, but his says them in a way that makes it seem like we are hearing them for the first time. With chapter titles like Bread Crumbs, Active Appreciation, Clown School, A Quick Lighthearted Break, Bulletproof Vest, Over the Top, Oh No, and The Dreaded Phone Call, flipping through the book will give customers a good idea of what awaits them when they read it. Whether they read the book from beginning to end, or randomly open it to read one section, what readers will find is get-off-the-couch enthusiasm and a good explanation of why that's important. This one is a good quick pick-me-up. (reviewed by Anna Jedrziewski)(Anna Jedrziewski New Age Retailer)
"Meet the new generation of consciousness-raising. Gabe's simple, yet profound message can be a life-changer."
―Alan Colmes, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host
"In Live Like a Fruit Fly, Gabe Berman shares his recipe for living a more joyful, worthwhile, and abundant life in every way. A witty, entertaining, and insightful read."―Deepak Chopra, Author, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success(Deepak Chopra)
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There is nothing new revealed in this book, except, perhaps, for those who didn't pay attention in high school science, the actual lifespan of a fruit fly. Which is just 10 days. Fruit flies have just 10 days to enjoy their childhoods, sow their oats, settle down, have kids, enjoy their grandkids, and hopefully avoid being unceremoniously swatted or being shuffled off to a fruit fly hospice before, ding ding ding, their time is up. What makes this book stand out from all the rest of the feel better self help books is the premise, tone, and personal style with which the author conveys his message.
Although I can only speak for myself, I think it's safe to say that neither the author nor I know any fruit flies personally. That said, I believe his assumption is correct when he tells his readers that fruit flies make the most of every moment. And so should we. This unique perspective and the author's clever wit make this book a joy to read.
None of us know how long we will be on this lovely planet we call home. Do we really want to be caught in a moment of miserableness watching the bus bear down on us while thinking, "But wait, I never did what I love," "I never told my sweetie I loved him," "I never practiced the golden rule," or "Why didn't I ever try tiramisu?"
Living like a fruit fly is about doing what you love, loving who you are with, doing the right thing, defending those who can't defend themselves, being kind, having empathy, and enjoying to the fullest every moment we are blessed to breathe the sweet air around us.
The book also reveals the dynamics of breadcrumbs, also known as the opportunities that arise with people we may or may not know. Like how after a girl threw up on the back of my coat on an airplane and I missed my shuttle bus to Marin and was overtly sobbing on the cold metal bench, if I hadn't blown my nose and dabbed away my tears, I never would have spoken to the stranger who was sitting a bench away and ten months later married him in a Napa Valley garden. I believe in breadcrumbs. Clearly I believe in miracles.
Tis a magical way that Gabe Berman reminds us to live like a fruit fly. He encourages his readers to take risks and do what they love. Our time here is limited, so we need to make the most of it. That the author can convey this and make us laugh at the same time is simply the sign of an incredibly skilled writer.
This book is about facing the fears we all have, the way real people face them, sweating and worried about what would happen if we fail. But the truth of it is that when we do face those fears we discover it was much ado about nothing. And yet we still say "this was the scariest thing..." People rarely talk about how their thoughts lead to, or away from, fear. OR how that affects their actions. Reading Gabe's self-talk helped me to realize that I'm not the only one with the mind chatter. A dialogue that tries to talk me out of doing something courageous and worthwhile, that all too often keeps me from taking action. A failure that I regret later.
It's not a long book, I admit that. However given the fast pace of my life right now, that is a bonus. And while the short chapters gave me obvious breaks where I COULD put it down, I didn't want to. It held my attention, and kept me up past my normal bedtime. Something that doesn't happen often. I have read a great many 'live in the moment' books, and this one touched something deep within me. Coming at the right moment Live Like a Fruit Fly reached out to lift me up, dust me off and send me out into the world, once again knowing what is truly important in life-each other. It reminds us - life is short - live it vividly.
I had recently read "The Game Of Life and How To Play It" by Florence Shinn. I enjoyed Shinn's read but the material felt a little dated as it was written nearly a century ago. But the concepts within were something I connected with greatly! Berman's book states right in the title...the secret you already know. This does not make the book any less enjoyable as he puts a wonderful new literary spin on concepts I was already familiar with! Without spoiling any specifics, "Live Like A Fruit Fly" is a charming tale of the author's ongoing experience on searching for his destiny...the good, the bad and the ugly of it all. Both successes and failures. I greatly enjoyed the style and layout of the book as if a friend were just telling tales and giving some old fashioned good advice. From funny to sad, heartwarming to heartbreaking. Above all it was very honest with a drop or two of some excellent pop culture references which are always winners in my book. As a reader who has felt the sting of loss, the taste of insecurity and the sheer anxiety of our everyday lives as humans...I was left very inspired at the end of it all.
As we all are, I am chasing the greatness of my own destiny and this book will stay with me as a wonderful pick-me-up bouquet and a great reminder that with a better frame of mind, we all can get there! Thank you for that Gabe. Very much!
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