15 Seconds to World Peace: An easy and practical way to create inner peace and contribute to world harmony
Any time I read a nonfiction book, I try to find at least one big takeaway from it, one golden nugget that the author provided that perhaps I hadn't considered before. Every person in this world is an expert in his or her own right because they have life experiences and perceptions that no one else has.
One of my favorite lines in this book was: Life sometimes seems to be one upheaval after another until I remember my little moments of peace. My task, then, becomes learning to keep that feeling of peace in all that I do every day.
I couldn't agree more. We are each responsible for our own happiness. Motion creates emotion. When we change our physiology, we change our mindset and focus. Thoughts have power.
This sentiment is evident in this book as well: By becoming aware of how often we reflect negatively and how often we listen to the negativity of others, we can change everything. Spoken words are even more powerful than the thoughts we keep to ourselves, because they gather force when more than one of our five senses is involved.
I very much enjoyed this book. It was well written and offered some powerful thoughts in such a short writing piece. It is super short and parts of it read much like a blog post more than a book, but I commend the author for taking the time to share such a personal piece of writing to hopefully inspire people to take just 15 seconds out of the day to focus on being kinder, more thoughtful and, in summation, a better contributor to society.
If you're looking for a burst of inspiration for your day, consider this little treasure.
The author tries to explain a simple method of turning positive thinking into a normal daily routine, much like sipping your morning coffee or waiting for the traffic light to change. She honestly believes that once we do our tiny 15-second part, we are changing the world.
Let me admit the strength of my conviction is nowhere near the author's. It would be hypocrisy to claim the opposite. But I am hoping to get there, because I know, from my own life experience, that positivity and kindness will breed more positivity and kindness. Perhaps not every time, but certainly more often than negativity, which never ever produces positive results (unless you are strong enough to embrace it as a learning experience). My only regret is not hearing the author actually speak these words. She provides examples, quotes and testimonials from people she has met through her life, and that is all commendable for a self-help guide such as this, but the power and depth of the author's convictions come out strongest when she speaks from her own heart, in her own voice - you can almost hear it in your head.
So I do encourage you to give this book a go. If it creates even a spark of hope in you, it has already made an impact. And I am always up for embracing kindness and inspiring motivation. Changing the world 15 seconds at a time? Why not try?! Change for the better has been overdue for far too long.