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Count your blessings, not your misfortunes...

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08 Dec 2014
I read a book recently called "The Way of the Peaceful Warrior” which is a part fictional, auto biographical book by Dan Millman. To cut a long story short, the book describes how Dan transforms his life from hectic and meaningless to happy and peaceful.

The book is fairly dramatic at times, showing Dan going through real highs and lows. However, I defy anyone to read it and not be able to relate to it in some way. I believe the purpose of the book is to help people channel their energies into living simply and being happy rather than worrying themselves with things society push upon us. I personally thought the book was brilliant, really enlightening and something I'll definitely remember in times to come.

This is especially apparent since my phone was stolen this week. Obviously this isn't something I wanted to happen and is pretty inconvenient but I honestly haven't missed it! The whole situation has definitely made me realise how 'attached' I was to it and has given me a kick to stop wasting time and live in the real world!!

Coincidentally, I read an article on LinkedIn about Thanksgiving this week. This American holiday is all about counting your blessings but not just being thankful for the "standard” blessings you may have but to take a second to be thankful for a few things you might not consider blessings, even though they truly can be. A lot of this was related to how we are at work but also discusses our personal lives too. It discusses how we can look at things in a more positive light, accepting them as ways to improve ourselves rather than things to get down about. Things such as criticism, failure, sadness, envy, decisions, dtruggle, delay and so on. So have a read (of this article and the book I mentioned)…it'll definitely make you think about how you're acting, in both a professional and personal sense and you may even find yourself friends with a new person next week.  

Have you read a book recently that has changed your outlook on life? Maybe you have your own mantra you like to live your life by. We'd love to hear your thoughts.  

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