The Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters

The Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters

by Sarah Susanka
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Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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The Not So Big Life brings focus to the misunderstandings of time, activity, and success that we unknowingly/unwittingly bring to our lives - filling those lives with unnecessary anxiety, frustration, and lack of satisfaction. The resistance to doing Ms. Susanka's suggested exercises is exactly that which is standing in our way. Although they appear simple, and can be construed as yet something else 'to do', the exploration '....creates more than a to-do list --- it's a life list that can be reflected on, refined and redefined again and again.' (JF, Blogcentric Magazine). Through honest assessment and reflection, new understandings arose that have been life-changing - mindboggling. As she has done in her previous Not So Big House book series, Sarah Susanka teaches us a new language of perception - this time, of how we perceive our own lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My beloved American Lit teacher once said to me 'Don't use a big word when a little one will do.' I certainly wish someone had told Ms. Susanka the same thing. For someone who is fond of 'Not So Big' things, Ms. Susanka is fond of big words... and lots of them. Superflous comes to mind. I found this aggravating as she spends most of the book urging us to get back to the simple things of life, yet she never seems to simply get to the point. I will ¿ My God, she¿s wordy. Although I agree with her existentialist point of view, her prattling on and on about it gets tiresome. I don¿t think you need to explain it to the caliber of people reading her book. The exercises that occur in each chapter are repetitive and meaningless. If I knew what to write in these exercises, I wouldn¿t need this book. I was extremely disappointed with this book, as I certainly agree with her philosophy of the Not So Big Life and have enjoyed her previous books.