Sunday, January 27, 2013

Book Review: 20,000 Days and Counting

My latest Booksneeze review is for 20,000 Days and Counting by Robert D. Smith. At barely 100 pages, it was a very quick read designed to convey an urgency to live intentionally every day. 

Since I routinely fail to realize the significance of each day and often feel like I'm just trudging through one mundane day after another, I appreciated the appeal to see each day as full of purpose. Smith offers some practical thoughts for getting focused, overcoming rejection, making decisions, etc. It's simple advice that isn't necessarily earth-shattering or innovative yet still challenged me to view each day in a different light.

I particularly liked his seven questions to ask every morning to help remember the significance of each day:

1. Whose life I am going to brighten today?
2. What three things am I most grateful for today?
3. What memories am I going to create today?
4. What challenge am I going to overcome today?
5. What value am I going to create today?
6. How much joy can I create for others and myself today?
7. What life-changing decision(s) am I going to make today? (pg. 93)

Overall, I found the book to be an enjoyable, thought-provoking read. If you feel like you're in a rut or have a hard time seeing a purpose to your days, you may get some much-needed perspective from it.

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1 comment:

Carrie from Talking In Space said...

So interesting that right after I read this, my daily meditation app sent me the following quote:
"It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis."
- Margaret Bonnano.

I frequently feel bogged down in the daily grind and miss out on a lot of opportunities to enjoy the moment. Interesting way to change my perspective. Thanks for sharing this book!