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6 insights on life gleaned from the pages of "The Light We Carry — Overcoming In Uncertain Times"

Updated: Apr 20

6 insights on life gleaned from the pages of "The Light We Carry — Overcoming In Uncertain Times"
Photograph of the Book 'The Light We Carry'

Photograph — Book ‘The Light We Carry — Overcoming In Uncertain Times’ by Michelle Obama

6 Learnings on ‘Life’ from the Book ‘The Light We Carry — Overcoming In Uncertain Times’

This book starts with the life of Michelle and the struggles She faced due to various social challenges her family had to undergo during Uncertain Times. The book had a great reflection of her childhood and her progress to becoming the First Lady of the United States of America. This book has extensive thoughts on her advice based on the tribulations she went through and how the light of positivity, carried by us can help to move forward in creating the wonderful life of our own. Worrying and anxiety are the reasons for which our encouragement diminishes. Hope can do wonders. Without hope there is no light. It’s this hope and the continuous effort to strive for success, that makes one successful, irrespective of the challenges.

In one part of the book, the author writes:

Barack and I had always tried to operate on the principles of hope and hard work, choosing to overlook the bad in favor of the good, believing that most of us shared common goals, and that progress could be made and measured, however incrementally, over time. Sure, maybe that’s an earnest, hopeful story, but we invested in it. We gave our lives over it.

(Excerpts Taken from The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama)

The book is a type of a self-help book beautifully expressed through her own story. The book in fact helps us to understand a lot about life and how to face the challenges. Michelle writes that:

Our hurts become our fears. Our fears become our limits. For many of us, this can be a heavy inheritance, carried by generations. It’s a lot to try to push back against, to try to unlearn.

-(Excerpts Taken from The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama)

This book is a unique self-help book for me, and it helped me learn the following:

Maya Angelou once famously declared, "Nothing can diminish the inner light that radiates from within." There are moments in life when circumstances challenge us, when the thoughts of others can cloud our own judgment, leading us to conform and limit our potential, as Michelle Obama's life story illustrates. The 6 things which I learnt from the book is given below:

  • In our pursuit of happiness, we often find joy in simple activities, such as spontaneous shopping or knitting, as Michelle herself has shared. It's a matter of finding the tools that help us navigate our emotions and experiences.

  • It's crucial to assess our worries and confront our fears, particularly in times of crisis. Understanding, evaluating, and embracing discomfort can foster growth and resilience.

  • Kindness and a smile possess transformative power, capable of uplifting entire environments.

  • Embracing self-acceptance, recognizing that no external factors should dictate our self-worth based on attire, race, color, or ethnicity, is vital. We should celebrate our differences with pride, understanding that despite varying appearances and abilities, we share a common humanity.

  • Identifying what holds significance to us and safeguarding those treasures, laden with memories, is essential.

  • As members of the human community, it's imperative to respect diverse viewpoints, thought processes, and individuality.

Reflecting on these profound insights, I found this book to be a source of inspiration and enjoyment. These lessons serve as invaluable takeaways, guiding me forward on the journey of life.

If I have to rate the book on 10 stars and 10 being the highest, I will give the book 9 stars.

(Please Note: The above are my own personal thoughts after going through the book. Your views and opinions after reading the book may differ)

This is all from me in this short article. Hope you have liked my personal thoughts and opinions. Please share your views or comments on the Book Recommendation, 'The Light We Carry’ written by Michelle Obama.

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Mainak Majumdar, Book Critic

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