WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE? What does it mean to live a good life? As varied as the answers may be, one thing is true – “There is a purpose to our lives, even if it is sometimes hidden from us, and even if the biggest turning points and heartbreaks only make sense as we look back, rather than as we are experiencing them.” One such “turning point” written about in the book THRIVE: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder by Adrianna Huffington.
“To LIVE THE LIVES WE TRULY WANT AND DESERVE, and not just the lives we settle for…we need a third measure of success beyond . . . money and power” (the first two metrics). THRIVE is an “active” book. Each paragraph, each example, each chapter encourages introspective thought and reflection on your part. Every self-help book promises to be “the book” that leads to enlightenment. What Ms. Huffington writes about isn’t new or revolutionary, nor is it meant to be, but is designed to make you think twice about some of the choices you have made in your life due in part to the pursuit of success. The gist of THRIVE is to help the reader answer the question “How do you redefine success?” It may seem simple because you may be surprised by your answer, but “how we measure success is changing” quicker than we can ever imagine.
THERE IS AN OLD SAYING that goes “when the student is ready the teacher will come!” According to the author, we are ready because we don’t have a choice, we’ve got to change/adapt to a better way of handling our lives, our stresses, our priorities or we will simply put . . . no longer exist. There are numerous best practices and examples from every corner of the world and some of the most profound words designed to encourage and support you if you choose to embrace a change in your life.
ONE IMPORTANT FIRST STEP is getting enough sleep. Making the time to get enough sleep. Shutting down all electronic devices (you know those things with a power on button) that can interrupt a good night’s sleep, and taking the time to “prepare” to go to sleep. After all, “Too many of us have ignored the distinction between what you wear during the day and what you wear to bed.”
THOUGHTS for your SOUL:
- “Why do we spend so much of our limited time on this earth focusing on all the things our eulogy will never cover?”
- “It’s remarkable how similar the pathways that connect us with our own being are: the symbols and the mantras differ, but the essence and the truth remain through the ages and across many different continents, religions, and psychological practices.”
- “The Western workplace culture-exported to many parts of the world-is practically fueled by stress, sleep deprivation, and burnout.”
READING THRIVE IS VERY SIMILAR to reading a personal journal, the emotions and responses run the gamut from so-so, extreme highs to oblivious lows. It is a collection of Adrianna Huffington’s thoughts and she attempts to infuse the lessons she has been the direct recipient of, in a “non-preachy” style of writing. She is open and giving in sharing her insights, shortcomings, triumphs, hindsight, and aspirations for her (and our) future. What’s starts out as a slow read blossomed into a good book with a lot (we mean a lot) of key takeaways and best practices. By the end of the book you may have wondered how you got suckered into reading yet another motivational personal growth book…however, this one is a good read if not for anything else…it’s got wonderful quotes and inspirational stories.
Let’s BOND over BOOKS rates THRIVE as MELODICALLY MEANINGFUL (151-300 pgs) . . . just the right mixture of content and pages.
Disclaimer: BONDing over BOOKS received this book from the Blogging over Books program in exchange for this review.