A Heart at Peace - The Anatomy of Peace by The Arbinger Institute
Peace. What is peace? Peace is the freedom from disturbance or to be tranquil.
This book is set in a sort of training camp for young people, mainly "problem children".
Cory, a poster boy for "problem children", has been 'sentenced' to camp Mariah for sixty days. Lou, Cory,s dad and a war veteran who fought in Vietnam, is on the brink of losing his company as many of the executives are leaving so you can just imagine how irritated he feels to take a two-day break from work to stay at that camp since the camp policy mandates it.
Avi and Yusif, the proprietors of the camp and former enemies, start the two-day program by asking Lou if he has tried changing Cory and that if it had worked. Lou answers, "of course" and "not yet, that why we are here. One day, no matter how hard a skull he has, he's going to get it one way or the other".
To this, Avi replies, "maybe", unconvincingly and goes on to say that the success of the program depends on Lou.
"How can the success of your program depend on me, when you are the ones who will be working with my son over the coming two months?" Lou asks.
"Because you will be living with him over all the months afterward" replied Avi.
(At this point, I knew I had found an excellent book.)
Most often, we tend to blame the entire world for our lifestyle but ourselves. We try changing everyone around us but ourselves. We see the world to be the problem. And in most cases, the world IS the problem; however, we can't always live in constant anger and frustration. How then should we live?
In this book, we are taught how to invite change in others by changing how we see the world. It talks about the two main ways we respond to situations we face- with either a heart at war or a heart at peace- and how we see ourselves with respect to others, hence putting ourselves in mental boxes.
We get to hear about Salah ad-Din, a commander who was known to be the most successful military leader of his era and also for his kindness (ironic, I will say, as it was his job to go to war) because his heart was at peace.
We also learn how, when our heart is at peace, we tend to see people as people and with a heart at war, we see them as objects instead.
I learnt a lot from this book and will try to implement all of it in my life because truth be told I'm tired of waiting for people around me to change instead I will extend an invitation to change.
As always, if you have read the book, please let me know in the comment section your favourite part (mine was when the two camp youths took off their shoes and went after Jenny, leaving them all with bleeding feet). If you haven't, please get it. I promise you won't regret it.
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Till then, its bye for now.