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Hands Free Life e-book club #9

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Woohoo! We’ve made it to the end! Actually, it’s kind of sad- this book is so good! 🙂 Have you been following along? I hope you have, and if you haven’t, pick yourself up a cheap paperback copy or grab a copy for your kindle. You’ll be so glad you did.

Habit #9 (that would be NUMBER, not HASHTAG, you crazy millenials you!), is #changingsomeonesstory. Dang it! I’m a millennial, too!!!! Anyway yes, It’s “Changing Someone’s Story.” Hmm, changing someone’s story? Rachel gives a few wonderfully-simple anecdotes to demonstrate how we can positively change someone’s story. And the interesting part is, although it is about expressing kindness and compassion to others and how the other person can be elevated by it- but for me, the most striking part is that YOU are elevated by bestowing kindness and compassion upon others. You improve their day from the inside out, you improve your day from the inside out, and it is contagious. What a wonderful thing to be contagious, a word almost always used to describe nasty things like viruses and ailments. Rachel shared this story about her daughter’s new P.E. teacher, it’s just such a lovely story, and what little effort it took the teacher to completely turn around Avery’s (and her mother’s) perspective! In fact, it can only take 6 seconds to change someone’s story, including your own! At the bottom of the article linked above, she explains the “6 Second Challenge.” Now, being a huge RMS fan, you’d think I’d have mastered the 6 Second Challenge ages ago. Not so, not hardly. But I’m trying, and I won’t stop trying.

Hands Free life e-book club 9! www.theshortesttallman.comWhat I love about Hands Free Life, and all of RMS’s stuff for that matter, is that she not only points out the why, but also the how. The theory and the practice are both so important. “…I found that the most important things in life are not measure but are felt through the hands, heart, and soul of each life we touch” (page 215). At the end of the book, she leaves us with her final “Hands Free Life Habit Builder,” in poem form. I’m just going to give you one tiny teaser of the poem, “If I Live To Be 100,”:

If I live to be 100, it will not be because I could accomplish more in one day than most could in a week. It will be because I took time to gaze at stars, sip hot chocolate, and walk beside my children, not ahead of them (216).

Whoops… I definitely do that. And I definitely say, “hurry up,” and I say it a lot. So, I may be sitting here, writing a blog post about Hands Free Life, that will be published on the internet for anybody in the world to read, and I may be wearing my “Live Hands Free” t-shirt that I bought from her website, and I may follow Rachel and use the hashtag #onlylovetoday (one of her tenets, and the name of her most recent book), I still have a long way to go. And it’s not even discouraging, because I know that every moment I choose to live hands free, is one more moment that I’m not. Every moment enlightened beats the old way. Every time. Although I may require constant reminders and continue to fail at this, I will keep at it and I hope it’s contagious to both the VIPs and the strangers in my life.

What do you think? Have you read Hands Free Life? What “aha” moments have you experienced? I’d love to hear your story!

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