Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Your Next 24 Hours

        I really liked this book--it was very well-written and put together.
        The power of kindness. In this book, Hal Donaldson declares that being kind is revolutionary. He outlines several different mindsets that allow you to be kind, including specific ways to show kindness. There were a few things that stuck out to me:

"Life's windshield is large and the rearview mirror is small--because what is in front of you is far more important than what is behind you."  If you spend all your time worrying over the past, you lose sight of the future, and the present becomes the past. I often have to make myself stop and look forward--what's past is past and unchangeable.

"In most instances, people are more inclined to listen if you make your words count--and less inclined if you let your words mount."  Again, I was struck by this. Do we start conversations to learn about the other person or have an excuse to talk about our own amazing selves?

"One sentence spoken in anger or haste can be completely forgotten by the speaker and, years later, be quoted verbatim by the recipient."   I have been on both ends of this and it's true! The speaker may not mean what he says in haste, but he recipient doesn't know that, and often struggles with it.

"Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies." --Nelson Mandela   Hal quotes a lot of people, and I like that. He puts his thoughts and theirs in his book, making it apply to all. This quote is an especially important one--I've seen too many people try it and it never works.

If every person who read this book showed kindness to a friend, who showed kindness to a friend, who showed kindness to a friend, what a world we would live in!

"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love." --Mother Teresa  

                       I received this book from BAKER BOOKS in exchange for my honest review. 

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