Every Moment MattersI think it's important to make clear what this book is. It's not a how-to book, or a step by step guide on achieving inner piece. Instead, it is very deliberately a series of memories in the life of John St. Augustine. It is a selective memoir. He is a sports-loving, dog-loving male with children. If these categories appeal to you, then you will find great meaning in reading over his highlights of his life.
I'm not saying that a cat-loving woman who hates sports will NOT find meaning in his tale. We can all certainly learn a lot about life by reading about the activities and thoughts of a variety of people. But I do think that people who fall into his "realm of interest" will gain much more direct insight by reading his very personal stories.
He talks about caring for a dog, sleeping with his dog in the back seat of his car, and how important that connection became to him. He talks about bonding with his father, and going for long walks on his own. He takes pride in the achievements of his son. He talks about the fun he had playing sports as a child, and in reliving those "glory days" as an older adult. He relives the scary moments of a car crash, and the exultation of a quiet mountain climb with a male buddy.
Along the way he builds in many important messages. Your mind records both real and visualized memories in the same way. If you continually visualize positive things, you will build a positive track record in your mind to propel you forward.
Don't carry issues that other people burden with you. Lay them down. This reminds me of an episode of an Alaskan reality show I once watched. The "survivors" in Alaska's wilderness were given all sorts of random things they could bring with them into the woods - and they took it all at first. After a few days they realized that some items were simply useless - and heavy! - and they repacked their burdens to only carry things they needed. It made their journey MUCH more doable.
John says "the only way you lose is if you quit." That is true about everything in life. If it's important to you, keep at it. Enlist friends and family. Release other time burdens. A way will work out.
Also, think of life as a game - one with no tryouts, and no instant replays. What you see is what you get - and that is IT. The average life span is only 28,000 days. The average person wastes ten YEARS of their life watching TV.
Since there are billions of books out there, and we each only have 28,000 days, then I would highly recommend this book to people who love sports, dogs and hiking outdoors - as those people will receive high level, immediate connections with these words. Other people who relate more to cats, snuggly fires and quilting might equally find a perfect connection with people from that background who write a similar book. But the underlying message applies to everyone - pay attention to what you spend time on. Make every moment count. You only get one chance at life, after all, and every moment does matter.
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