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The 4 by Tommy Newberry
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Jan 13, 09

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Read in January, 2009

Thanks Pam!
P. 6: "Joy is not a distant destination at which you arrive; rather it's a path you choose to travel each day." Sounds like a good start!

A few days later: I just finished the book, and I made so many marks in margins I don't know where to start. Yet, I loved the chapter on gratitude most. Listen to this: "Gratitude involves channeling your energy and attention toward what is present and working rather than what's absent and ineffective [...:] Gratitude is an effective antidote to most negative emotions. You cannot experience gratitude and hostility at the same time; you have to make a choice. Which one is it going to be?" Reading this chapter, I realized gratitude is something I often feel in my life, but never thought to intentionally cultivate. I like the idea.
Then, there is a list of obstacles to gratitude, one being worry (and it was those worries that prompted my discussion with Pam, and her sweet gift of this book). I loved that quote from Mark Twain: "I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened." That's one worth memorizing!
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