In June of 2009 Jill Bolte Taylor’s book, My Stroke of Insight, was published. The story told actually began thirteen years earlier when Taylor experienced a massive stroke in the left side of her brain. As a trained brain scientist, Taylor shares the observations of her brain deteriorating, what it was like to be responding to the world from her still active right brain, and her 8 year-long recovery journey.
If you have not read this book yet, now is the time. Start by giving yourself the pleasure of reading the last chapter first…..Tending the Garden. This brief chapter will give you a glimpse into Taylor’s insights that all people can benefit from. If as you begin to read, My Stroke of Insight, you find that the first part of the book is too………..(fill in your own blank) remember that having a sense of the big picture only enriches the treasures shared in the remainder of the book.
“Even negative events can be perceived as valuable life lessons, if I am willing to step to the right and experience the situation with compassion.” This is a great insight — but insight without action doesn’t get a person far. Taylor not only grabs you with her insights she challenges you to take action….
On your mark….get set…..READ!