[Following is a volunteer review of the book,"From Drift to SHIFT," by Jody B. Miller.]
I like reading self-help books, and I was drawn to Drift to Shift written by Jody B. Miller by its theme, a book which talks about stories of finding meaning in life. This book reminded me of another book Shift by Wayne Dyer which I had read a few years ago. Remembering the book at times, I wondered if I would experience a shift in my own life ever. Reading this book helped me trust myself that it is possible. Real life stories where people make a change through sticking up to do what is meaningful to them. The book shows One can have a complicated story, yet still do what is meaningful, do it with passion, not being alone on the way and be recognized for the contribution. One can teach others to heal while persisting through trauma, again and again. A tribe is opening up to receive help from the outside so they can maintain who they are inside. This story reminded me again of why I go on a retreat far away from the madding crowd to pause, learn to let go and prepare for the things ahead which are more meaningful. Further, no matter what the change is, we can be part of something new. The book shows that if we have even one more day, it means possibilities, more chances to take action, to make a shift and find new strength. Also, the path to change is not a lonely one, but one where we can embrace many who are on a similar road. At times, I used to admire those who never needed to change direction in their lives. These stories though blew away my doubts about turning courses. The people in this book do not stick with what they are familiar with; instead, they face the obstacles, find a way and win. When I had started reading the book, I had wondered, which among these stories will speak to me the most, well, it was Darren’s. Perhaps it is his love for painting or his dogged perseverance and patience or his forgiveness, after reading Darren’s story, I felt like charging on in my own life and grabbing whatever I can to do what I love most.
A couple who chose to help less fortunate people than having kids of their own too struck a chord. Loved how praying and creating helped someone stay on course. And much more. I felt connected to the people in these stories and felt inspired to enjoy my life more, just the way it is now, in the present moment. I feel grateful for this. I too want to matter, or maybe I do so already, I am not sure. At the very least, I have got to show up. Perhaps, I too can win. Here is my takeaway. It’s the journey which matters, not whats at the end. If in the end, I know my path has been meaningful, that I have been able to make a difference, that is what matters; this is what I have learned from this book. I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars as it spoke to me straight to my heart, to where I am right now, presently, changing directions, doing what truly matters to me and following my true calling.