I was so inspired I told my friends to read the book. I’ve often thought the “what if” game was useless, but on the other hand, maybe it’s revealing. My friends had a hard time with the first few chapters. It starts with sadness and near death. It was hard for me too, but I kept reading. It was real and relevant since we commonly play the idealized game, if only I would have made a different choice. In this book, the protagonist gets to live out the if only scenarios until coming to the realization that … OK, read the book … no spoiler alert here.
But the practice I learned is to stop pretending I could have made different choices from the ones I made. I experienced a profound acceptance instead of regret. Regrets focus on the past. And, as each year passes, there’s more past to review until it can overshadow the here and now!
Where can you stop pretending that you could have made different choices and come to this moment to embrace who you are today? Let me know what you learn.
May you be fulfilled in who you are now.
PAULETTE LOVES BOOKS!
She is an avid reader on many subjects and shares inspirations for mindful practices based on the stories, philosophies, and teachings shared by authors worldwide.
She believes you can find the secrets to living a profoundly happy and healthy life in the pages of many a manuscript authored by masters and novices alike.
Paulette shares what she's learned in easy-to-apply morsels as she practices the insights in her approach to mindfulness, communication, conflict, and just being yourself.
Write to Paulette if a book you love has changed your perspective. Or read one of the books she's listed here and let her know what you've taken away as a personal practice.