Hands Free Life: A Book Review

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“If I Live to Be 100 If I live to be 100, it won’t be because I tidied up the house before I left each day. It will be because of the glorious mess I made while I was living life.”

A year or so ago I reviewed Rachel Macy Stafford’s first book ‘Hands Free Mama.’ Recently I have just finished the sequel to that book, titled ‘Hands Free Life: 9 Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better and Loving More.’ It’s a very similar book to ‘Hands Free Mama’ however it appeals to a wider reading audience as it isn’t just geared toward mothers. Businessmen, Businesswomen, students, mature folk – anyone can benefit from the wisdom that is contained between the pages of this book. ‘Hands-free Life’ is a must-read for anyone who has grappled with the distraction filled, technology saturated society that we find ourselves living in. This book is about switching off your phone and paying attention to what is directly in front of us. I rather like my phone, and I think that technology can enrich our lives. So often cell phones and social media get a bad rap. However cellphones, ipads and the like can so easily become barriers to leading a fulfilling life. And don’t get me started on how technology can be a battle in family life. Perhaps we don’t need a book to tell us what we already know, but this is still a. book well worth reading for its timely reminders.

“Today I will set aside my insecurities and ask my spouse, child, parent, or loved one if I can hold them close. I will listen to their heartbeat, breathe in their scent, and tell them how much I love them. There will be obstacles and challenges that will interfere in carrying out these moments of connection, but I will not let the distractions of my life stop me from investing in what matters most — at least not today.”

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