Let me give you a quick review:
Anne is a professionally busy woman herself, running her own legal recruitment agency, with various other commitments.
Somehow, in her busy schedule, she has found time to reflect on how to remain soul rich in a time when we are all so time poor.
I have been carrying around Anne’s book in my handbag for weeks now, taking every opportunity to sit down with a coffee, and read a chapter for about 20 mins or so, when I can.
I have so appreciated the reminder to centre myself in the things that matter – daily, even with a busy schedule.
I understand what it is to be time poor.
I hack recently just come out of an unusually busy season in my life.
I was working full time, while engaged in full time post graduate studies, on two human rights boards, involved in various human rights causes, while setting up my own Foundation.
Within all of this, I am not only reminded that ‘being’ is more important than ‘doing’, but also that if you do not take care of your soul, such commitments, or any commitment is not sustainable in the long term at all.
We have been made to have balance in our lives.
And part of this balance, is a healthy mind, a healthy body, ensuring that our emotional, spiritual and psychological selves are well taken care of.
In everything that we do, and we achieve, it is also important to remain soul rich for the sake of our relationships. Relationships are key to our human flourishing, and well being. If we are soul rich, we have more to offer in the context of relationships.
Relationships are more sustainable when you are time poor, if you are soul rich.
This is a practical book that has been birthed out of 25 years experience from Anne as a recruiter and educator.
In this book, Anne explores two main parts to becoming soul rich:
Part 1: reclaiming 16 casualties of a busy life, which include:
1. Re-engaging with the people around us,
2. Re-engaging with the world around us,
3. Re-engaging with our inner selves, and
4. Re-engaging with our eternal expressions.
Part 2: addresses overcoming obstacles to soul – enrichment.
As Anne encourages us to re-engage with generosity, sociability, unity, intimacy,beauty, equity, opportunity, adversity, clarity, serenity, vitality, spirituality, creativity, integrity, levity and love, I am struck by her words where she addresses equity: Chapter 7 page 63. This chapter beings by reflecting on the Campaign for Equality that Rosa Parks started in the 1960-’s in America, merely because she was sick of being treated ‘differently’.
Rosa Parks said that it was not because her feet were tired that day she stayed seated, but, rather: ‘… My soul was tired of being a second-class citizen. When I sat down and would not give up my seat, I was standing up for justice, for equality for all’.
This chapter goes on to parallel this inspirational story with the story heard at the Nuremberg Trials for Nazi soldiers, and those involved in the injustice of the Jewish Holocaust. Hitler’s secretary, who was 22 at the time, pleaded ignorance – that she did not know or understand what was taking place.
In the midst of our busy lives, will we stop and question the actions of others, or our own actions, to ensure that they remain fair, equitable and just?
There is a clear connection between justice and equity in the world and the wellness of our souls.
Anne follows each of these inspirational chapters filled with personal stories of women engaging in soul rich steps in time poor scenarios, with 60 second solutions to re-engage.
Each chapter provides sixty-second solutions for busy women to re-engage with various casualties of life and to nurture a rich soul.
Anne shapes the real life stories of women who have struggled to maintain a rich soul in the context of a time- poor life, with space and time for personal election in each chapter, with a series of ’60 second solutions’ and ‘lengthier remedies’ – suggesting ways we can re-engage with a particular neglected aspect of life with minimal expenditure of time.
Easy remedies to become soul rich when you are time poor.
This practical section at the end of this chapter encourages the reader to:
1. Recall personal significant incidences,
2. Review the workplace,
3. Resolve the future,
4. Research and imagine,
5. Record in a notebook,
6. Reach out to others,
7. Re-focus with a time poor prayer,
8. Rest for 60 seconds
All in practical suggestions in how to structure your life so that you work towards a richer soul.
Anne challenges us ever so gently to re-engage with the inner child self, who had idealistic dreams and saw the world as theirs for the taking.
In her book, Anne explores a few obstacles to soul enrichment, such as guilt and self sabotage.
Anne takes us on a gentle journey to ask whether we have created an idol out of our work, and how to deal with redundancies.
She ends by encouraging us to practice stillness, and she provides a time audit survey.
I loved this book.
It was practical, personal, structured, relevant, inspiring, and so rich with suggestions, information and stories.
This book has been in my hand bag for weeks, and I was able to pull it out when I had a movement for a coffee, and take 20 mins to read the next chapter.
This book can also be used for a book club, as a resource for busy women who get together to encourage each other professionally, and even as a business mentor resource.
This book is a fabulous resource.
I wanted to remind us all today, that, no matter how busy you are, make time for relationships – make time for things that you love that you are passionate about.
Do things you enjoy – bring balance back into your life, and ensure that you are in this for the long haul, by remaining soul rich.
‘The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion and humour and style and generosity and kindness’ Maya Angelou