After close to a decade of listening to a friend reference wisdom from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, I purchased a hard copy of the book last year. Whereupon it has sat on my bookshelf for as long.
Recently, having finished most of the books of appeal on my shelf, I pulled out the volume to see what the hype was about and have finally begun to read it (intermittently at best, but still!).
I’m struck by the minor hilarity of competing ideas I’m learning:
From Covey’s book last night: A proactive person is not affected by the weather; all is able to be done despite external circumstances.
From Deepak & Oprah this morning: Our mood entirely creates our reality. What is internal is external.
What is created inside me is my mood, perspective, attitude. How I bring that out into the world is my effectiveness. For example, I can change how I experience the world, as the Chopra meditations espouse, by painting it with a gouache of gratitude. This doesn’t change others’ reality, but it changes how I engage with a reality that includes other people.
Erk. My mind crumples like a mobius strip in a rock grinder.
What I think Covey is trying to convey is we ought not internalize external happenings, and Deepak is saying we can improve our experience of external happenings by modifying ourselves from the inside out.
Somehow, I think these two ideas are compatible! But frankly, it’s too early for me to meddle with metaphysics.
Thanks for reading anyway…and good luck!;)