Spread the Joy – Enjoying the Hard Life

hardlifecoverBack in college I briefly dated a guy who taught me how to drive a stick shift. We borrowed my friend Romi’s little Ford Escort and drove around deserted back roads so I could practice. I was awful. My date was very sweet and patient but after several hours of me stalling at every stop and losing speed as I struggled to find the next gear and the occasional grinding, he finally said, “I don’t want to make you feel bad, but it seems like you should be catching on by now.”  Shortly after that, I dropped him off and drove back to my dorm without a single hitch. I never had another problem driving a stick shift after that night.

The story always makes me laugh because it’s so typically me. It’s like I have to make every mistake possible before I can figure out the right way to do things. And then I’m golden. The downside is it’s probably best to steer clear of me when I’m learning something new. The upside is that on the other end, I can tell you about any mistake a person can make and how to find your way out of it. And it’s in this spirit that I wrote The Upside Down World’s Guide to Enjoying the Hard Life.

If there’s a counter-productive, neurotic or unhealthy way to approach life, it was probably a habit of mine at some point in the past. In this book, I share 45 of my favorite ideas, practices and attitude adjustments which have allowed me to overcome my worst tendencies and enjoy my often difficult life. The essays are quick, easy to read, good humored and practical. No lectures or theological treatises. Just lots of ideas for how to be more mindful, self-compassionate, forgiving, happy, grateful and at ease with yourself, your life and the people in it. There’s even an index to help you find which essays to turn to when struggling with everything from anxiety to guilt to forgiveness to relationships and more.

It’s a great book to use for daily meditations. Or you can chose an essay each week to focus on as you learn to adopt better, healthier and happier ways of being for yourself. Each essay can be read in about 2-3 minutes, so it’s also a great bathroom book.

The Upside Down World’s Guide to Enjoying the Hard Life is now available on Amazon for just $5.98.

Like I told y’all last week when I first introduced the book, it’s a great stocking stuffer. More personal than a coffee mug, less intimate than a nose hair trimmer – it hits that small gift sweet spot. Something that will be remembered and appreciated but won’t make anyone uncomfortable. And inexpensive but definitely not cheap or generic. Plus, over at Amazon, it qualifies for their 4 for 3 promotion. Meaning you can get 4 copies for the price of 3. Or 8 copies for the price of 6. Or 124 copies for the price of 93. It also qualifies for free shipping on orders of $25 or more (order value before discounts). So you can get 5 copies delivered for just $24. You should go order a bunch of copies now – make Christmas a little bit easier on yourself. You’ll be happy you did!

One last thing – some of y’all pre-ordered signed copies of Enjoying the Hard Life last week. Thanks so much for your orders. I’ll be getting those signed and sent off to you just as soon as I get them from the printers. But for those of you who missed out on getting a copy with my authentic, handwritten signature in front, here’s your chance. I ordered two extra copies of the book that I’m going to be giving away. To enter all you have to do is share this post on facebook and leave a comment below letting me know that the deed’s been done. Easy peasy. I’ll be offering other chances to enter to win a signed copy of the book in the next week and a half. Winners will be picked December 13 and the books will be in the mail on the 14th. Yay!

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