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30 Years Later

Book Review, On my mind now

22 April 2015 | 0 Comments

I remember being in a hotel room in Bangkok when I was 17, and looked inside the drawer and found a book titled ‘The Teachings of Buddha’, published by a Japanese Buddhist Foundation.

Naturally interested in studies of religion and theology, I found it to be an interesting read. So many parables and powerful phrases, many I still remember till today. Yes, I did pinch the book out – I suppose that is why it was there for, for people to take away and read and perhaps benefit from it.

Fast forward to end of 2014, I read another networking book, Who is in your Room, by Dr. Ivan Misner, the Founder and Chairman of BNI.

The book Who is in your Room is about who is in your life, and why have you let them in and let them stay in. And who needs to leave the room in order for your life to proceed. So, flashback to the Teachings of Buddha book, there was this phrase in there that said: ‘If there is a viper in your room and if you wish to have a peaceful sleep, you must first chase that viper out’

I never thought that this would be my reality 30-years on, where what I read would be something I have to do myself.

Metaphorically speaking, I had to get rid of vipers out of my room. Though I joke with my friends that it was a couple of pesky monkeys, an ungrateful dog and a demented baboon.

Jokes aside, who is in your room? Why are they there? Why did you let them in? Should they continue to be in your room? Have any of them overstayed their welcome?

I have had to make some tough decisions, but it has been very rewarding.

30 years later!




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