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Usually, that means I have to read bits of many books; but, not in this case. I read "My Life in Lists of 30" (Clemens' manifesto dedicated to his fiancée) on a flight from Boston to St. Louis. And then, I continued thinking about it through the night and continuing on to this morning.
In many cases, I know I'll read a book once, call it done, and move on. Maybe I'll talk about it in a workshop, perhaps I'll mention it in a tweet.
Not this one. In fact, I'm going to write to the author and ask, "Would you send me one of these lists a week, for the next 52 weeks?" The thinking goes like this:
+ as I read each list I found myself slowing down, answering the question, "What would MY top 3 be for: Movies I've Loved, Songs I Adore, Vacations I Have Taken/Want to Take, and more..."
+ I thought about my OWN relationship with my wife, who I've known for 20+ years, wondering, "Do WE know this much about each other? Really? And, do we need to know more about each other?"
+ This book shook me to the core a couple of times (but I'll talk about that in the next section...
Now, for a "certain generation" with their own "unique responsibilities," this book WILL overwhelm you. (Full disclosure, I did buy the book - it wasn't given to me for free! - here on amazon, having already known and talked with the author several times over #CoffeeChat and other events in New York City.)
The next time you think you're busy, you have a lot to do, you're overwhelmed by "too much," pick just ONE of Clemens' lists and let yourself walk in his shoes for a while.
How I did it: "What would I have seen, if I was looking at what he sees?"
- Our current reality/habits/routines/tolerances create the limiting forces that represent our "life." Any time I feel I don't have "enough," I have to remind myself it's ALL relative to some weird/wild comparison that I'm running. The human condition IS one of comparing and contrasting what WE have compared to THEIR abundance. This book will/could "punch you in the face" (which, according to ONE of Clemens' stories, may just be the best thing for you!).
- Often, surrounded by greatness, the human ego can take a hit. It's easy to run that comparison of "I'm not enough, he has so much more," until we pause to recognize, "We are ALL standing on the starting line anew." Each morning, each meeting, every email (or book review!) we have the chance to step up and say, "I'm going to do my best today...a little bit #better than yesterday."
An hour to read, and a lifetime to figure out, Clemens does one thing, and that one thing he does really, really well - with this book...
= You will have to think about you.
You will HAVE to wonder, "What kind of a future am I building for myself?" And, if you stay with it, a list of 30 at a time, you just may see things shift. At first a little, and then a lot.
Go, buy this book, tap the app, and start a list.
I dare you.
If the throng recognized genius (it often does too late or never) this concise collection would be widely hailed as an essential antidote for the general malaise and aimlessness amongst many of today's younger generation.
This collection is a revival of Ma'at in a modern tongue. The author firmly states "There will not be chaos," and presents the reader with concrete steps towards navigating the complexities of the modern experience. The author is a trusted shepherd; let these gentle hints and whispers be a guide.