“The Traveler’s Gift” by Andy Andrews: Review & Reflect (Part 3)

Wrapping up another good one!

Do you consider yourself a man of faith? Does faith guide your everyday actions and emotions? All men are driven by faith or fear- one of the other- for both are the same. Faith or fear is the expectation of an event that hasn’t come to pass or the belief in something that cannot be seen or touched. A man of fear lives always on the edge of insanity. A man of faith lives in perpetual reward. p. 149

Faith is to believe what one has not seen. The reward of faith is to see what one has believed. p. 149

Reason never makes room for miracles. p. 150

But it is a fact that great leaders- great achievers- are rarely realistic by other people’s standards. Somehow, these successful people, often considered strange, pick their way through life ignoring or not hearing negative expectations and emotions. Consequently, they accomplish one great thing after another, never having heard what cannot be done. That is precisely why one should never tell a young person that something cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing! p. 150

“Circumstances are rulers of the weak,” Gabriel said, “but they are weapons of the wise. Must you be bent and flayed by every situation you encounter?” p. 155

A person who is depressed is spending too much time thinking about the way things are now and not enough time thinking about how he wants things to be. p. 155

‘You must know,’ he began, “that in the game of life, nothing is less important than the score at halftime. The tragedy of life is not that man loses, but that he almost wins.” p. 158

As a human, you detour and ease off because you lack understanding. You quit because you lack faith. p. 158

Times of calamity and distress have always been producers of the greatest men. The hardest steel is produced from the hottest fire; the brightest star shreds the darkest night. p. 159

Truth needs no evidence. p.160

You will share the gift of the decisions with others. Those who absorb and apply this wisdom will rise to greatness and inspire others to the same heights. Those who ignore the power of these scrolls might seem to prosper for a time, but do not be deceived. Their lives will be only brief illusions, and when their time is finished, they will be chained to the Mirror of Regret. There, they will spend eternity examining a reflection of the person they could have become. p. 163

The Seventh Decision for Success: I will persist without exception.

  • I possess the greatest power ever bestowed upon mankind, the power of choice. p. 165
  • I know the outcome I desire. I hold fast to my dreams. I stay the course. I do not quit. p. 165
  • I am not “most people.” I am stronger than most people. Average people accept exhaustion as a matter of course. I do not. Average people compare themselves with other people. That is why they are average. I compare myself to my potential. p. 165
  • To achieve the results I desire, it is not even necessary that I enjoy the process. It is only important that I continuethe process with my eyes on the outcome. p. 166
  • A sailor who fearfully watches stormy seas has his vessel will always steer an unproductive course. But a wise and experienced captain keeps his eye firmly fixed upon the lighthouse. He knows that by guiding his ship directly to a specific point, the time spent in discomfort is lessened. And by keeping his eye on the light, there never exists one second of discouragement. My light, my harbor, my future is within sight! p. 166
  • For me, faith will always be a sounder guide than reason because reason can only go so far- faith has no limits. I will expect miracles in my life because faith produces them every day. I will believe in the future that I do not see. That is faith. And the reward of this faith is to see the future that I believed. p. 167

But failure is the only possible result of a life that accepts the status quo. p. 183

It is a fact that people follow a man who simply says ‘Follow me.’ By taking leadership, ironically, a person deserves leadership. As you lead others to success and a life of their dreams, the life you seek and deserve will be revealed unto you. p. 187

Until you have accomplished what you were put here to do, you will not- you cannot- be harmed. p. 188

You, too, at this very moment are living under the protection of a hedge of thorns. You might feel fear, but it is an illusion. Until you have accomplished what you were put on this earth to do, you will not- you cannot- be harmed. p. 190

There comes a time in every person’s life when a decision is required And that decision, should you make it, will have a far-reaching effect on generations yet unborn. There is a thin thread that weaves from only you to hundreds of thousands of lives. Your example, your actions, and yes, even one decision that you make will literally change the world. p. 190

He wanted to remember everything, especially as the car careened helplessly toward a giant oak tree. With his remaining conscious thought, David gripped the steering wheel and closed his eyes. He heard the speaker in the arena say, “Until you have accomplished what you were put on this earth to do, you will not- you cannot- be harmed! p. 197

And that is the end of another great book. I loved that thing man. So much wisdom and affirmation between two covers. Sometimes, you gotta do what you know is right.

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