Thursday, April 9, 2009

Peaks and Valleys

Reading a great book is sort of like finding a great recipe or a great deal on a pair of fabulous shoes – you just feel compelled to tell your friends! Well, friends, I am reading a really great book by bestselling author Spencer Johnson, MD, called “Peaks and Valleys: Making Good and Bad Times Work for You – at Work and in Life.” If the author sounds familiar, it’s because he is the same gent who wrote the wildly popular “Who Moved My Cheese?

The book is a parable about a man who lives his entire life in a valley and decides one day to climb to a peak. At the peak, he meets a wise old man (who if this were a movie would most certainly be played by someone like Morgan Freeman), who sheds new perspective on the importance of both peaks and valleys in our lives.

As I am reading “Peaks and Valleys”, I’m reminded how pivotal books can be. Not only do they provide relaxation and respite, they can also provide comfort, inspiration, solutions and often outright joy. This is certainly one of those books that makes you ponder how you might employ these lessons in your own life. And, given unemployment is at an all-time high and the economy is in the drink, it provides some positive tips for how to make the best of bad times.

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