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Are We There Yet? vol. 220

I finished a book over the weekend and was looking for something new to read in my house. One of my work colleagues had given me a book called Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty. Mr. Shetty is an author, podcaster, and life coach. The book is a self-help guide to having a more meaningful life, and his lessons are from his training as a monk over a three-year period after he finished his degree in management at the Cass Business School in London. 

At the same time as I started this book, I learned that Hall of Fame basketball player Bill Walton had died at the age of 72. While known for his basketball skills, he was also an avid follower of the Grateful Dead, attending more than 869 concerts according to his 2016 autobiography. I watched a segment of NBA Today hosted by Malika Andrews where she interviewed a number of people about who Bill Walton was to them. A common theme for every person with whom she spoke was that no matter how you were feeling when Bill entered the room, you felt better and happier because of his upbeat attitude and generosity of spirit. 

She noted that in one conversation, as he talked about team success, he noted that it requires team members to live lives of sacrifice, discipline, and honor. These three words—sacrifice, discipline, and honor—align well with Jay Shetty’s book. On the jacket cover of his book, it says that it “reveals how to overcome negative thoughts and habits and access the calm and purpose that lie within all of us.” Based on the stories told by those he touched, I think Bill Walton lived his life in this way.

Take care and stay safe.


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