99 Wisdom- Vashdev

This self-help and personal development book is essential for those who claim that they do not have time to read. Consist of 99 short stories, you will have a chance to read, reflect and gain more meaning of life. A chapter should not take you more than 5 minutes to read, and that’s including time for you to reflect on as well!

There’s no perfect way of describing who Gobind Vashdev is. He is a writer, public speaker, motivator and environmentalist who conducts seminar and workshop in Indonesia. He believes that nature is our best teacher thus in order to make this world a better place, we have to live simply and protect our environment. He practices his belief by not using any product that could ruin the environment.

As what the title says, this book is a compilation of 99 short stories around wisdom. Gobind suggests to not read the book all at once but to constantly read it from time to time, which I did. I read this book when I started being distracted from my studies. I learned to instead checking my social media, I could read some stories, reflect on it and continue my work. So this book is a really great distraction and something to read when you are taking a short break.

He transforms simple things in life, packages it into a story and presents it to us with such deep meaning. One story doesn’t take you long to read, even less than 3 minutes. Below are some key lessons that I found the most insightful and refreshing for your soul.

1. No Negative No Positive

There’s positive and negative energy within and surround us. If you choose to dwell or pay attention to negative energy around you (for example, reading fear-based news), you are lowering your own energy. Just like how we would not put the trash inside our house, we shouldn’t to our mind. We have to select and filter what goes into your memory and body. Trash could easily be taken out of the house, but ‘trash’ could affect our mind. So stop dwelling, reading, getting into negativity.

2. Move on

Sometimes if we face problems in life, we tend to stop too long thinking about it. Life is like a film roll: keep changing from one scene to another, keep moving on. But what usually happens is that our mind functions as a camera: capturing one moment and stop. People and object come and go, if that doesn’t happen to you, you are the one that left. What happened in the past would be precious when you fully accept and learn from it.

3. Plant

When we plant a flower, for example, not only we grow the flower we want, but sometimes an invasive/wild plants as well. Similarly, although we ‘plant’ good seeds in our life, sometimes we receive and experience a bad situation. It is impossible to avoid every negative situation, but what we can do is to reframe it. To change the meaning of something that was detrimental to something beneficial. To change the meaning of those that weigh you down to something that makes you fly higher.

As of now, unfortunately, this book is only available in Bahasa Indonesia.

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