This book, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma, was different. I actually bought it as a magic prop. If you’re a magician and buy this book, you can have a flick through and probably realise why.
As such, in it’s life as a magic prop, it remained in my magic case, waiting to be used at any of my magic shows. I never actually picked it up and read it.
A few months later, I actually overheard someone in a cafe talking about the book and, hearing them say the title, thought, “that books sounds familiar!” I had to wait a few seconds to place it, but, when I did, I went back to my magic case and grabbed it to give it a read.
The book is a story of a former lawyer who, after a massive heart attack, has a change of lifestyle and goes out to seek enlightenment. When he does, he comes back to teach what he knows to one of his promising colleagues and the book is the entirety of their conversation, where he teaches the “7 timeless virtues of enlightened living”.
Sounds heavy, doesn’t it?
It’s quite an easy, and short, read but the lessons are really worth paying attention to. The fact that the book will have you picturing a Sumo wrestler wearing a wire thong is also worthy of note (don’t ask. If you get the book, you’ll know why).
So, how can the story of one lawyer’s journey into a world of enlightenment help you when it comes to planning your house party?
The 7th virtue is all about embracing the present moment.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to go on a retreat, wear a loin cloth or take a vow of silence, you just need to remember one of the lessons:
Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
OK, so maybe “happiness” is not the first word you think of when you’re stressed out of your mind, wondering how your party is actually going to come together in time.
The point is to try and enjoy the process of planning your party. Make it fun, for everyone, as often as possible.
Enjoy the food tastings for your wedding by making it a family outing or a gathering of your mates. Sit down and make time to plan which way you want the serviettes folded for your house party. Go on YouTube and learn some Hawaiian for your Luau themed party.
Usually planning a party is comprised of 9 months of hellish terror followed by 3 hours where you sit in silence and pray that it comes together without anybody dying.
That’s the way it’s always been, but it doesn’t have to be like that.
It’s not a law. I’ve checked.
Look at the tasks you have to complete and see how you can make it more fun.
Worried about picking a theme for your office party? Why not get everyone’s suggestions, put them in a bowl and have someone choose one at random.
How about throwing all the suggestions into a fan and whichever goes the furthest is the one you go with.
Anything. Just make sure you enjoy the journey.
The upshot is that if you have fun along the way, not only will you be more relaxed about the event, you’ll be able to enjoy it a lot more than you would if it had been a big, messy ball of stress.
If you’d like to buy the book, you can find The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma on Amazon here, or you can click any of the links in the text.
If you’re the kind of person that enjoyed The Alchemist, you’d probably enjoy this. It’s not as deep, poetic or subtle as The Alchemist, but it’s in a similar style.
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