How can a person be completely devoted to a cause, committed to writing in his blog every day for instance, and then, in an instant, turn from his devotion to other interests?
Well, I don’t know for sure, but I’ve seen it done by other people in different areas of life and always wondered, “How can they do that?” Now I know, or at least have a taste of what happens when a person turns from one thing to another, because I’ve experienced it myself.
But I’ve experienced it many times, as probably you have too. Whenever someone starts a diet and then doesn’t stick with it, or whenever a new workout routine is started and not continued. People are constantly changing things about their life.
Instead of looking at these ups and downs of change during life as failures, I’ve learned to see them differently and take on a new perspective: they are all part of the normal terrain of life containing both peaks and valleys.
Of course I gained this new perspective from a book (which is why I like books so much) with the same name: “Peaks and Valleys” by Spencer Johnson. He was the author who wrote “Who Moved My Cheese?” which was very popular a few years ago and so has been read or heard of by almost everyone. His latest book has a similar style, it is a short parable that teaches deep principles about life. Another highly recommended book, because it is so quick and easy to read, yet it contains deep messages if you are looking for them.
For example, here are some of the main messages:
Peaks Are Moments When You Appreciate What You Have.
Valleys Are Moments When You Long For What Is Missing.
Peaks and valleys are not just the good and bad times that happpen to you, but they are also how you feel inside and respond to outside events.
The Path Out of The Valley Appears When You Choose To See Things Differently.
And since I’ve read the book, I am starting to see things differently. So I must be on my way up to a peak.
Hope to see you there!
2 replies on “Peaks and Valleys”
I like the perspective. Welcome back.
Leslie, you’re the best.
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