I admit it. I’m a big fan of Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson. I’ve been reading Louise’s books since the late ‘80s, when I would go to the Bohdi Tree in Los Angeles. I picked up “Life Makeovers: 52 Practical & Inspiring Ways to Improve Your Life One Week at a Time” by Cheryl Richardson at a time when I was trying to create better work/life balance, and have been recommending Cheryl’s books to friends and colleagues ever since. When I heard they had collaborated on a new work, I eagerly requested a copy from Hay House as part of their blogger program.
You might think with my long history that there couldn’t be much more to learn in “You Can Create an Exceptional Life,” but I’m happy to say that that’s incorrect. While the book isn’t long, it’s filled with pivotal new ideas, as well as some old favorites. If you are new to either author, or to New Thought in general, this warm, informally written book is just for you.
I began to see several themes as I worked through the pages. I was caught by the concept that so much of what we do can be seen simply as habits. Habits that no longer work for us, and can be dissolved to create a better life.
Another theme was divine timing. Even long-time readers of Louise Hay may be struck by how much time Louise invested in her journey. She diligently practices what she teaches, and yet never rushes the process (several steps of which take years at a time, unheard of in our on-demand society).
Last, their dynamic relationship reinforces the power of partnering; an especially important idea in our divisive and competitive world.
If you think you’ve heard it all before, I encourage you to get the book simply for the affirmations. They’re included in each chapter, but broken out into their own section at the end. I suspect your life may change for the better simply by reading through the “Collected Affirmations” each day.
Cheryl Richardson has suggested, “Be the power of example in your relationships.” I cannot think of a more appropriate way to describe these two outstanding women. “You Can Create an Exceptional Life” is filled with serious life lessons, but also authentic joy. It can be a step on the path Rita Emmett described, “I am no longer waiting for some stress to end, or a busy time to be over, or a crisis to be solved so that I can finally be happy. I’ve stopped putting off happiness “till later”, and am loving and living life to its fullest right now.”