Welcome to Mailbox Monday (my version ;) the weekly meme created by Marcia from A girl and her books (formerly The Printed Page) where book lovers share the titles they received for review, purchased, or otherwise obtained over the past week. Mailbox Monday is now on tour, and this month’s host is Amused by Books.
Today I want to share with you another excerpt from Louise L. Hay & Cheryl Richardson's newest book, You Can Create An Exceptional Life. Louise offered this sneak peek in her newsletter and this one, combined with last-week's preview, just made it virtually impossible for me to not have this book!
How You Start Your Day is How You Live Your Day
I've spent the morning walking around Covent Garden in London. It's an early fall day, and the street performers and artisans are setting up shop preparing for the crowds. I adore London. I love the diversity; the kind and gracious people; and the scrumptious variety of fashion, food, shops, and cafes.
Louise and I are here for an event, and we're scheduled to meet in the afternoon to continue our work on this book. I'm so looking forward to it. In the short amount of time we've been meeting, my life has already been affected in such a positive way. I'm more mindful of my thoughts throughout the day, for instance. And the time it takes for me to catch myself when I start ruminating about something unpleasant is getting shorter and shorter. I'm also weighing my choices, both personal and professional, to see whether or not I'll feel good once a decision was made. If it doesn't feel good, no is becoming an automatic response. How wonderful to be growing and learning while writing a book.
When I knock on Louise's hotel-room door, she greets me with her sparkling blue eyes and a big smile. I feel instantly welcomed. We chat about the morning and then get down to business. I nestle into a spot on the floor in front of the coffee table, tap on the recorder, and begin our session by asking Louise what's on her mind.
"We must teach people how to begin their day," she replies with intense determination. "The first hour of the morning is crucial. How you spend it will determine your experience for the rest of your day."