It’s just how it is. It’s just how I am.
~ Sometimes out of control
That’s me, and I’ll never change.
Those thoughts rounded the corner of my own 20 and 30-something mind more than once – far too often.
Feeling “less than” became reality simply because I couldn’t seem to reel in the wildly bobbing emotions – and was certain everyone else on the planet could.
But others face the battle with wild emotions, too. Author and counselor Lisa Murray was one. If you recall, she shared her #YourStory with us here. It was powerful. Her words on the pages of her new book are likewise. They are a flashlight toward hope, a beam toward emotional peace. (And mind you, Lisa is a Christian and references God in this read. However, I believe even non-Christians will find benefit in her words.)
Peace for a Lifetime: Embracing a Life of Hope, Wholeness & Harmony Through Emotional Abundance is newly released. I have a feeling this book by Lisa will be around for a long while, however.
If I had to describe this book in one word, I’d cheat and make it a hyphenated word. And here’s what that word would be:
This book, although certainly not the Bible, was a life-changer for me. Quite possibly it will be for you as well.
Yes. It was that good. It will always grace bookshelves in this house, and my children will have a copy soundly set in their palms as well – as long as they’ll allow it.
Now, before we go any further, let’s set this straight. I review several books throughout a year. They are selected with care, intending for only the best to make it here to this blog. I’m picky.
Some books rank higher on the “like” scale than others. This one, however, hit a high, personal, emotional note. Like really high. It rang the bell of understanding. Someone else was emotional like me. Lisa understood.
Emotions are important. Keeping them in check? Even more so – to the tune of being FOUR times more impactful on our success than our intelligence is.
FOUR times. That’s impact.
While reading this section, my thoughts immediately swung the pendulum between a child and parent. Could peace be contagious? Maybe even learned? Shouldn’t it be something we’re intentionally focused on and teaching? After all, if our children spend “X hours” each day learning facts and opening books, shouldn’t we also prioritize their emotional training – and even more so?
I devoured that section, but there were many more. Here are two, flavor for you to chew on:
On page 176 Lisa notes,
“That those of us…most condemning and critical of ourselves are usually the most condemning and critical of others…is no wonder. Compassion and condemnation cannot co-exist in the same space.”
And there’s this from page 97:
“My emotions are not the responsibility of anyone on the planet other than me.”
And with those emotions? Peace awaits.
One reader (US addresses only, please) will receive a free copy of Peace for a Lifetime: Embracing a Life of Hope, Wholeness & Harmony Through Emotional Abundance. Simply leave a comment on this post by Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 11:59PM, eastern. (Make certain to add your email address when prompted. It will not be shared.) I’ll email the winner on Friday, March 18 and will also announce their name in the comments section.