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Book Review - The Present by Spencer Johnson

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I tend to like self-improvement titles, as picking up one or two good ideas you can implement in your life can make a world of difference.  To that end, I picked up a copy of The Present by Spencer Johnson.  Johnson, the author of another book I really liked, Who Moved My Cheese?, tells a parable about a young man who is mentored by an older gentleman.  The gentleman tells the man about "the present", and he does all he can to figure out what exactly that means.  He finally realizes the "present" is not a physical gift, but a concept involving being totally involved in whatever you are currently doing.  By learning how to learn from the past and prepare from the future, you can be much happier and productive in the present.

Definitely some interesting concepts, and ones that I can easily see myself working to implement in my own life.


Gravatar Image1 - 'The Present' by Spencer Johnson tells about the theoritical part of being in the present but quite silent how to achieve it. Making up and controlling the mind is not so easy as described in the story rather it require persistent practice. Here 'meditation' can help a lot. Meditation through concentrating on 'breaths' (the most present thing in the world) build the habit of being in present.

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