Aspire, by Kevin Hall (Hardcover, 2010)|
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Mark Lamendola, author of over 6,000 articles.
This book provides an interesting way to look at how you treat
others, how you view yourself, and how you set your priorities in life.
The author uses eleven words, devoting a chapter to each. He uses
etymology as the starting point. From the original meaning of each word,
he extrapolates the value that meaning holds and provides a life lesson.
In some cases, this etymology approach is a bit of a stretch. Words
change their meaning over time, and many people use words without
knowing what they mean. The author covers these and other would be
weaknesses, making the approach workable and relevant. He's not
advocating that people sit down with a dictionary to find the meaning of
life, but he is advocating reflection upon these eleven words.
Two of the words are very familiar: humility and integrity. We've all
read ample pages and listened to ample messages on those two words. Even
so, Hall manages to squeeze out something new (at least it was new to
me). Other words aren't so familiar. These include Namaste (the e is
accented) and Ollin.
I put the book down after the very first chapter. Not because I
didn't want to read further, but because I just wanted to reflect on
that chapter. Chapter One is titled "The Secret Word," so in this review
I won't reveal it (or it wouldn't be a secret). But its meaning and
application have to do with not making others small. I seldom intend to
belittle others, but sometimes do so when I have the opposite intention.
Some ideas in this chapter may help me with that.
Each chapter concludes with two items:
1. "My Journal Thoughts
On...." which is apparently from Hall's own journal. He reflects on the
meaning for him personally.
2. An exercise for the reader.
Chapter Three, we meet Arthur, a Master of Words (as does Kevin, who
describes his first meeting with this amazing man in this chapter). From
there forward, each chapter includes material or insights from Arthur on
that particular word.
Stephen R. Covey wrote the Foreword. Dr. Gerald
Bell wrote the AfterWord. Bell's contribution is deeper than this,
however, and you understand that when you read how he and Hall met. It
was the craziest of coincidences. Or was it a coincidence? Read the book