Book Reviews

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari (Happiness)

This has been one of those books I finish in record time and not because of its few pages but because I was extremely intrigued by what I was getting from it. Or maybe what it got out of me.

Robin Sharma, the author, uses fictional characters to tell a story of how you can use the unlimited potential in your mind to practically enjoy every day of your life.

Julian Mantle is a hotshot lawyer from New York who rolls a 7 figure payday, drives a bright red Ferrari, owns mansions all over the United States… well you get my point. Then something happens to him and he decides to quit his practice and moves to the Himalayas where he stays with a group of monks who then gladly share with him their teachings.

He shares these teachings with his former law partner John.

Here are some points that really stood out for me:

  1. Embrace the present.

My grandmother drilled this in me as soon as I could understand what it meant, and I couldn’t emphasize enough on the satisfaction it brings.

The book explains how living in the now and savoring the gift of the present brings a lot of peace and contentment. Thinking about the past or the future while in the present distracts us from what we have been set to do at that time.

  1. Selflessly serve others.

Some of the greatest human beings to ever walk the face of this earth dedicated their lives in service of others. Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jesus Christ… I could go on…

Serving a need of someone in need should be in our nature. Putting a smile on a sad face, feeding the hungry, dressing the warm, giving a hug to someone who needs it, and many more. All these should be acts that we seek to practice every day.

 

  1. Respect your time.

Time slips through our hands like grains of sand, never to return again. Those who use time wisely from an early age are rewarded with rich satisfying lives.

 

Julian Mantle explains to his former law partner how simplifying your life by focusing on your priorities and letting go of the things that do not matter brings deep satisfaction.

A technique that one has to learn to master this is to have the courage to say “No”.

 

  1. Live with discipline

Discipline is built by consistently performing small acts of courage.

Courage can be choosing to overcome the comfort of your warm snugly bed on a cold  morning in order to get some extra work done I still struggle with this, or use the time to exercise or meditate. Courage is foregoing your comfort zone for what you believe is or will be good for you.

 

  1. Follow your purpose.

The purpose of life is a life of purpose. Imagine waking up every day knowing that you will spend a major part of it doing what you love. That’s a “secret” to constant happiness.

Find that which you love and dedicate all of your time and energy into it.

As a bonus, your passion becomes worthy when in some way it improves or serves the lives of others.

 

  1. Master your mind.

The most powerful thing in this world is the human mind. That is because it has the same power that created this world. The power to create. Our minds are what build our lives and determine our destinies. However mastering and controlling it is probably the most difficult task to do. I can attest. But once you have it down, once you chose what goes in and what gets blocked out, then you have the power to control how your life turns out down to a tee.

 

You will become luckier every day if your mind is prepared and conditioned to think of the world as filled with opportunities, and to think of pain as part of all journeys of success

The book explains the mind in the analogy of a garden with beautiful flowers. We choose what goes into that garden for the benefit of its flowers. I sometimes wish it was as simple as it sounds.

These are tips to practice every day in order to find contentment, happiness, success and peace in the time we spend on earth.

I hope you find them as helpful as I have.

 

Current read: Leader Who Had No Title by Robin Sharma

 

In the Meantime (Life and Love)

This is a tad different from what usually post about but I thought I may as well make this my space to talk about anything and everything lulu related 🙂

 

I tried reading this a few months ago (beginning of the year) then stopped halfway for some reason and put it back on the shelf to collect dust. I picked it up again last week mainly because of the guilt I had every time I saw it and remembered how I never gave it a fair chance, and I was not at all disappointed.

Published in 1998 and written by Iyanla Vanzat, in the meantime is a self-help book that talks about living a life filled with self acceptance, unconditional self love and love for others. She describes love in the analogy of a house with 5 floors where each floor is a stage in life with important lessons.

The Basement, The First Floor, The Second Floor, The Third Floor and The Attic. The Attic being the final floor which she describes as the stage where one lives the ideal life.

Life is a journey for every live human being. You’re born, go to school, make relationships, go to college, make more relationships, start  working, get married, have children, raise them, retire, review the life that you lived, then die.Going through all these steps is also switching in between floors in life’s house. You may be going up, good for you you may be stuck on one floor not so good or you may be going down terrible. The one common thing in all these steps is making and breaking relationships with people. In the 7-8 decades of one’s life, he/ she will move around in 5 floors of this metaphorical house. The goal is to constantly move up and make it to the attic, then stay there before your time runs out. The one common thing in these steps is making and/or breaking relationships with other people who by the way are somewhere in a floor in love’s house.

The meantime experience is that time you know where you want to be but you are not quite sure how to get there, or you know you have to be somewhere but you are not sure where.Your vision and life’s purpose are a bit blurry. No one ever prepares you for the meantime experience. You figure things out through trial and error. Some people do not go through so many errors or trials and others errors and trials and errors are all that their life seems to revolve around.

The book describes how being gentle with yourself, giving yourself the love that you expect to get from others and giving love to other people unconditionally is the key to living a satisfied and happy life. It clears your head and opens up your mind to its greatest potential. It is living the life God intended all His children to live.

I won’t talk about what is in every single floor, I’ll let you read that for yourself.

Where are you? Do you even know where you should be or if you are anywhere at all?, and I do not mean geographically.

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A quote that stuck with me was “My only purpose for being on the planet is to awaken my God Self, to celebrate life and to do what brings me joy!”

I’d recommend this for anyone who is into non-fiction self-improvement books. Good for you if you are 🙂

Current read : The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma