Book Notes

August 5, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Life’s Greatest Lessons:  20 Things That Matter by Hal Urban 

A Book Review by Barb Schroeder*

Life’s Greatest Lessons is a wise and wonderful book.  Author Hal Urban, a parent and teacher, presents twenty principles that are as deeply rooted in common sense as they are in compassion. 

The topics, gathered from a lifetime of teaching both children and adults, span a wide range of easily understood concepts, including attitudes about money, understanding the real meaning of success, and the importance of having fun.  Other topics include: habits are the key to all success, being thankful is a habit, building your life on a foundation of respect, real motivation comes from within, and no one can raise your self-esteem.  His chapter entitled “Goals Are Dreams With Deadlines” discusses the benefits of having goals and setting deadlines.  He helps us distinguish between a wish and a goal.

The book closes with the chapter on your body needing nutrition and exercise and so does the mind and spirit.

Each chapter begins with an inspirational quote.  The author provides real life examples of the topic throughout each chapter.

Stop by the Patients’ Library in the subway of Rochester Methodist Hospital to check out this book.  It will positively influence your life.

“Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A word of optimism and hope.  A ‘you can do it’ when things are tough.”

~Richard M. DeVos 


* Barb Schroeder, MS, RN, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the field of organ transplant.  In her role she helps patients and family members find ways to hope and cope with their journey.  Barb is an avid reader looking for the perfect book to inspire people to achieve their dreams.  A special area of interest is gratitude.  Gratitude for the moment and the day.  In the course of her nursing career she has had many opportunities to learn new things.

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