Monday, August 02, 2010

Read: Showing Up for Life

Here is to share about a book that I had read a few weeks ago.

Showing Up for Life: Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime
Bill Gates Sr.
With Mary Ann Mackin
Published in the United States by Broadway Books
ISBN 978-0-385-52701-9

When I was reading "Showing Up for Life", I felt I was reading a wise elder sharing about values and principles that had shaped his life. Some of the stories that were shared in this book were deeply personal and touching. It also shared about the kind of values that Bill Gates Sr has instilled in his children. I had a good and easy read, and a good time learning about the importance of hard work, learning about the value of teamwork and kindness and more.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an accessible read to learn about some of the important life's values and principles. It has been quite an inspiring read and I thank Bill Gates Sr for some of his life experiences in this book.

The book is nicely summed up with a quotation by Dr Rachel Naomi Remen in Kitchen Table Wisdom. Do read this book to find out how Bill Gates Sr had read about this quotation that goes:

Life is the ultimate teacher, but it is usually through experience and not scientific research that we discover its deeper lessons. We are all here for a single purpose: to grow in wisdom and learn to love. We can do this through losing as well as through winning, by having and by not having, by succeeding or by failing. All we need to do is to show up openhearted for class... So fulfilling life's purpose may depend more on how we play than what we are dealt. You have to be present to win.

It's quite a deep quotation honestly.

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