Monday morning is the place where dreams die.
We go to a spiritual retreat, professional or personal growth workshop, or romantic getaway and, by Sunday night, our excitement about life’s possibilities is high. Then, Monday morning arrives. Jarred awake by the alarm, we’re pulled back into the life we left behind. With the insistent demands of the “real” world reasserting themselves, we recede into the emotionally blunted, treadmill-like existence demanded by our compete-to-win world.
From, Jeff’s "Radical Decency: A Values-Based Approach to a Better Life and World"
If this feels sadly, uncomfortably, familiar Jeff’s book is a must read.
It offers an inspiring vision for living differently and better as well as a detailed roadmap for getting there. It also describes how, by demanding the best within us – day by day, choice by choice – it’s also the surest path to a more nourishing and generative life. The book’s inspiring, bottom-line message? While Radical Decency is the right thing to do, it is also, without regard to outcomes, its own reward.
Demanding but realistic and do-able, Radical Decency is a spirit-affirming prescription for the change we seek but that, for far too many of us, seems forever beyond our reach.
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