“She told me the best time to plant
a tree was 40 years ago.
The second best time is today.
Don’t waste even one minute of your day”
Robin Sharma from
You may know that I have been reading books and acquiring knowledge on Personal Development for many years (since I was a young wife and mother with time on my hands). I run courses on the subject and I have a library of books from many of the greats in the field including Zig Ziglar, Wayne Dyer, Jack Canfield, Louise Hay, Debbie Ford, Bob Procter and Deepak Chopra. Amongst the books I have read time and again, is this one by Robin Sharma.
The book tells the story of a lawyer, Julian Mantle, who is forced to confront his life choices after an almost fatal heart attack while appearing at a trial. His physical collapse makes him look closely at his life and how out of balance it is. He has been busy collecting the trappings of life without considering the consequences of his lifestyle to both his health and his spirit.
He decides to look for happiness and fulfillment and determines that this will/can be found in India. The book follows his ‘odyssey’ as Mantle describes it to a younger lawyer.
While it is told as a fable about a spiritual journey it’s based on Sharma’s own search for “life’s true purpose”. We are
shown how encouraged to stop acquiring things and instead, to embrace destiny, live life to the full and discover joy. On his journey Mantle meets with a group of Himalayan gurus and through them and his sojourn with them, discovers a powerful system to release the potential in him – mind, body and soul. He learns to live with greater purpose, passion and peace.
In the book Julian Mantle learns to:
- Develop joyful thoughts
- Cultivate self-discipline
- Value time
- Nourish relationships
In turn, he learns to live fully one day at a time. These things are what he wants to share with us, or at least those who will listen.
This may be a fable but it is worth reading because of the insights it gives as to what is wrong with consumerism and the relentless search for things.
If you have the chance, pick up a copy at your local library.
“The Constitution only guarantees the
American people the right
to pursue happiness.
You have to catch it yourself. ”
Author unknown, often attributed to