Book: Are you Making the most of Life ?
Author : Vinita Dawra Nangia
Reviewed by : Dr. Niharika Kumar
Genre : Self-help
Are you making the most of Life ? is written by the famous associate editor and columnist of The Times of India Group, Author called Vinita Dawra Nangia. The Author has great command over love, relationships, life and living. The Language of the Book is crisp and it’s written in a like conversational tone, as if the Author is talking to the reader.
The book analyses two issues
Life and Living
Some important takeaways
#Instead of always adjusting to life ..We can become the CEO of our life and create the life we want.
# Stop comparing and feeling bad about your negativity in life
# Further “It is important to maintain the stability of your own identity, even as you attempt to benefit from the fluidity of a comparison. As Einstein says ” Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid
# Focus on what makes you extraordinary. Even a simple skill can be honed to perfection.
#Get rid of distractions by staying centered on your real core self ,passions of your raging heart by cultivating “Aloneness”, by setting time for yourself and not always being a people pleaser. Also practicing ” Deep meditative silence”
# Man – Woman relationship; attributes of a real man , responsibility of a man , womanhood and empowering women. They say the qualities of both a man and a woman dwell within all of us. Ardhanarishwara, a composite of the masculine and feminine energies in the world — Purusha and Prakriti, the root and womb of all creation – is ours to tap!
# Choosing real friends and the risk of losing friends as we grow up and embark on different paths of life .
# Tips on Mother-child relationship and role of a mother
# Mending relationship by sheltering happiness from reality.
# Are you a victim of your Monkey
Most people cannot fulfill their potential because of a number of reasons, procrastination and lack of self-awareness being the leading ones.
Dawra has coined a concept
” Just when you sit down to work, the Instant Gratification Monkey (IGM) reminds you of all kinds of delaying tactics to avoid work” Procrastination is one of the biggest hurdles in achieving our full potential. Not getting a task done leaves us feeling guilty, tense and agitated. So we are riddled with guilt all the time.
Most of us are not able to control the impulses and attractions that distract the mind from a disciplined start-to-finish approach.
Deadlines are our biggest disciplinarians and setting a timeline/ time- management helps in completing work on time and having enough time to enjoy all the fun activities without feeling guilty.
# A basic reality that we may fall in and out of love but life has to go on .
To conclude the book offers a flexibility to readers as a reader can read any chapter or page depending on the emotional need or situation without bothering about sequence.
It gives insights by putting into perspective various aspects of our life and relationships.
It teaches us not to dwell on negativity arising out of bad memories, to think positively and leaves us with a message
DON’T SETTLE; STIR ;DISCOVER LIFE