"When you were born, you cried while the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way that when you die, the world cries while you rejoice." Ancient sanskrit saying.
I originally read this book eight or nine years ago, and it is one that I keep on my shelf. Just looking at the title can sometimes pull be back from whatever it is I am doing and causes me to think about where my life is headed. I am a retired business man who is now reading, reviewing and researching books on spirituality, spiritual fiction, self-improvement, religion and related topics. I am also in the process of writing my own spiritual fiction book, and have started notes on a second book. I really suppose that I should finish book number one, however sometimes thoughts come to me and I know I need to write them down before they are lost forever. If I find they don't work later on, so be it. I guess it's the "thought" that counts.
Who will cry when YOU die? In this book Robin Sharma gives you some ideas on how to live your life so that others can, will and may cry. It is OK for those who do, and OK for those who don't. This book can be read in bits and pieces, as each thought and idea is independent of the rest and only 2 or 3 pages at the most. On the contents page, you can choose from the suggestions based on the short description, and highlight those that resonate with you to come back to. Starting from number 1 – Discover Your Calling, to number 14 – Remember, Genius Is 99 Percent Inspiration, number 34 is Enjoy the Path, Not Just the Reward, and Number 81 – Don't Pick Up the Phone Every Time It Rings. With the advent of cell phones today, that should be a rule everyone has to agree to before they are allowed a cell phone.
This book isn't necessarily a religious book, and it also doesn't have to be taken as a spiritual book. I use it for spiritual inspiration, however there are just some things the author has pointed out that we can do to make our lives more enjoyable and less stressful. If religion or spirituality works for you in these situations, that is up to you. I was motivated by the title to buy the book originally. Asking myself the question, "Who Will Cry When I Die?" made me curious as to what was inside. I had previously read "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari" also by Robin Sharma, and I had heard him speak at a conference in Toronto in the late '90's so I was confident that the book would be worthwhile. It is.
Number 101 (the last one) suggests that you Live Fully So You Can Die Happy. I plan on being so full during my life that there won't be a coffin big enough for me when I die.
Laughter and love,
"Who Will Cry When You Die? – Life Lessons From The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari"
Author – Robin S. Sharma HarperCollins Canada http://www.harpercanada.com