Once in a while, literature is given a gift that enlightens up man’s philosophies in life and his views and attitude towards the inevitable realities that come with everyday existence.
These kinds of gifts will surely be just perceived as tips embedded in a book. But on a much sensitive and pondering perspective, the things which these works teach are really very precious things that will make ordinary people like us see the “real life” that is hidden behind the life we see. The keys to real life, idiomatically speaking.Richard Carlson’s terrific work is a compilation of all life’s elements and the ways to pass each and every day with a feeling of contentment.
However, it is not solely about the keys and secrets to life and interpersonal interactions, but is also concerned with the affairs of the intrapersonal relationship, setting a mindset for the individual which will serve as guidelines in virtually all things that he/she does. Moreover, through Carlson’s book, one can see through things, and by reading, we could be proven right or otherwise – in our perceptions, in our ways, in our lives, most significantly. It is as if a coach in life is teaching the reader on how to play the game of life with the strategies that are known to be invincible. Almost all of the facets of living, loving, hurting and interacting, whether it be within one’s self or society, this work is a surefire way to lead a better life drenched in fulfillment, by way of the valuable words and priceless ideas embedded in it.In the commencing part of the book, it dealt with the convenience of not being overly concerned with the petty things that surround us. For we waste a lot of time and effort whining and worrying about small things that are not even worth the bother. “So many people so much of their lives energy sweating the small stuff that they completely lose touch with the magic and beauty of life.
” (Carlson, 1997: 8).At only the beginning part of the book, we are being taught to be tolerant and to wholeheartedly accept things for what they are, especially if we have not got the power to change that. It can be concluded in the book that the author disliked perfectionist, reasoning out that perfectionists do not feel inner peace within themselves, because they always try to make right the things that are improbable to change; and that things are perfect if they stay the way they are, and “if the perfectionists in us accept this, we will start discovering the perfection in this imperfect life.” (Carlson, 1997: 10).Taking each day at a time, enjoying life and not being always in a hurry. This is one of the concepts that is tackled thoroughly in the book.
Relaxation is another of these concepts, for the more someone is in a hurry, the more that chaos are going to fester him. And again, not just taking one day at a time, but doing things one at a time, for this will lessen the burden of worrying about what is the next in line to be done. Moreover, taking time to ponder upon one’s self precipitates the upholding and priority of compassion, humility, thoughtfulness, love for thyself and being a social person are just a few of all the virtues and concepts that must be upheld.What is there to life that was not written in this book? Nothing. The book had stated it all, from not thinking of shallow things that will only ruin friendships and make new and yet unsafe ones to wise decision-making.
It is all about understanding, discipline and the unseen things in life that are always taken for granted. Truly, this book is a savior to people who seemed to have lost their ways and lost their wills because of things that are always misunderstood. Richard Carlson did a tremendous job on showing the reality to people that life is beautiful indeed, if we possess the keys to living it.