Peaks And Valleys - By Spencer Johnson

usha kiran By usha kiran, 3rd Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Both the good times and the bad times in our lives are connected and are inseparable..

Introduction and about the author

Sometime back I had an argument with one of my friends regarding " feel good " books, be it about Personality development, Positive thinking, Successful Marriage or any other book that dealt with similar subjects. My friend's view was that - these books were like drugs, giving you a high while you read them and for a little time , after which you reverted back to where you were. Whereas I felt that even if there was one single useful point that I could pick up from these books , that was good enough !
I have found most of these books useful in some respect or the other.

Peaks and Valleys essentially falls into that category of books - A feel good book. As it says on the cover ' A gem small and valuable " referring to the slim volume covering barely a hundred pages..

Spencer Johnson has written eleven international best selling books, the most well known among them being " Who moved my Cheese ? " and " The One minute Manager ". He has been often referred to as " the best there is at taking complex subjects and presenting simple solutions that work ".

He has a degree in Psychology and an M D degree from the Royal College of Surgeons, California. He is currently serving as an adviser to the center for public leadership at Harvard's John . F. Kennedy school of Government. His books have been translated in more than forty seven languages.

The Content

It is all about making your good and bad times work for you at work and in life. These good and bad moments may last for a minute , weeks or months.
It is a story told by Ann Carr to Michael Brown. Ann Carr , who had previously been through some really tough times and Michael Brown who was going through difficult times. He was not secure in his job and things are not going so well for him at home either.

Ann tells Michael a story with the understanding that if he found it valuable, he would share it with others. Michael is understandably skeptical about it and Ann admits that some people get very little from the story, while others get a great deal.
Since Michael was in a pretty tough spot he decides to listen to the story since he had nothing to loose -That is how the story goes

My views on the book ' Peaks and Valleys '

Peaks and Valleys refers to the highs and lows of our lives. They are not just the good and bad times that happen to you but also how you feel inside and respond to outside events.
Like the author says - Peaks and Valleys are always connected. ' The errors you made in today's good times create tomorrows bad times' and ' The wise things you do in today's bad times create tomorrow's good times '. I tend to completely agree with that view...If we were to look back into our lives , we would be able to pinpoint many such situations in our lives .

It is all about making things better for oneself. Do more for others, save resources for your upcoming valleys. Personal peaks and valleys are as natural as the physical peaks and valleys you see on the earth's surface , scattered yet connected..
Honestly I enjoyed reading this book. Spence Johnson has a simple effective style of writing . The story of the unhappy young man trying to climb the peak and the happy and contented old man already on the peak leaves you with many interesting thoughts. There is a whole lot of positive feeling with regard to life in general.
To sum up peaks are moments when you appreciate what you have, valleys are moments when you long for what is missing. !

The conversation between the two men forms the gist of the book. As they interact the old man passes on his insight and wisdom to the youngster, but , he wants the youngster to reflect and review his life by following his own sensible vision. The peaks and valleys approach is bound to have an impact on our lives if we realise the truth and be prepared..
I would recommend this book for everyone, just for the kind of positive energy it creates in oneself, at least it did to me ...


Bad Times, Good Times, Inseparable, Peaks And Valleys, Spencer Johnson

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I love to write and interact....I am a teacher/housewife and a mother of three grown up children..

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
3rd Sep 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing your article.

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author avatar usha kiran
4th Sep 2015 (#)

Thanks for the feedback Nancy :)

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author avatar Retired
26th Sep 2015 (#)

This sounds like a great book to read. I will definitely be looking for a copy.

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author avatar usha kiran
27th Sep 2015 (#)

Thanks a lot Carolford :)

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