I picked out this book at the library six years ago. It was small and in ten minutes "The Precious Present" changed my life. It provided answers to my lifelong search as to what my purpose in life was after experiencing a near death experience three years earlier. I needed a way to explain why I was living my life the way I was...and Spencer Johnson expressed it for me in this tiny book. I had changed from my experience. Realizing that my life was precious, I began to enjoy the precious present even more because it was all BONUS for me. I started to take more time for friends, family and total strangers who needed someone to listen to them or just to acknowledge them because I could empathize with most of their problems. I brought the book home from the library and tried to order copies. None were to be found in my small town, so I called each of my sisters (I have four) and read it to each of them over the phone. That evening I read it to my husband. We talked about how important it was to live in the now and to let the past go as it can make many of us so miserable; like repaying a house payment that you already paid....it is silly to keep going back hurting each time. We discussed the future and how so many things we worry about never happen. Little did I to know that three days later, my darling husband, Michael, would die of a heart attack in my arms. I was so happy that we had had the discussion just days earlier. I knew we were living in the precious present and that is all that mattered. Now I am a senior at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. I will graduate in May of next year - 33 years after completing high school - and finally fulfilling my goal of so long ago. Yes, once a month I get this book out and read it - just to remember why I am still here and to help myself cope with the new stresses I have placed upon myself to complete my Organizational Communications degree. It is with great joy that I recommend this wonderful little book. Rick Pattino reads it to his college basketball players before each season....it helps us realize our reasons for being here. I have given copies to many of my friends after I could finally get copies and enjoy just reading it with new friends. Give yourself a present - read this little book and see what I am talking about! Cherie Schubeck
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