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Embrace the Chaos: How India Taught Me to Stop Overthinking and Start Living (BK Life)by Bob Miglani
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India has terrible infrastructure, is one of the most crowded places on earth, and struggles with high rates of poverty. Bob Miglani calls it the world capital of chaos. Yet India's 2012 Happy Planet Index rating (32) is 70 places higher than that of the U.S. (105). What do Indians know that we don't?
Pfizer exec Bob Miglani returned to India, his birthplace, stressed out and worried about his finances, his family and his job; while driving in an Indian taxi he realized he was worrying about the wrong things. In Embrace the Chaos, he describes the simple lessons that allow us to thrive, be happy, and productive in life even when the world around us is going crazy. First of all, stop trying to plan or control the future; stop overanalyzing or worrying about events that might never happen. DO move forward, no matter what, and learn to enjoy the busyness of life. DO worry about your purpose, or SEWA, which is the unique reason you were put on this earth. Once you discover this, nothing else will be as bad as it looks. DO perform service for others and find your meaning in the spark of spirit within each person you meet.
Mixing anecdotes, stories from his family, quotations from Indian philosophy and history, this book is a wake-up call to stop waiting and start living.
Like many of us, Bob Miglani felt overwhelmed and anxious. He worried constantly about his job, his finances, and his familys future. Life seemed so uncertain and unpredictable, but the more he tried to control it, the more stress he felt. It was a chance invitation to India, the land of his birth, that finally freed him.
India, Miglani writes, is “the capital of chaos”: over a billion people living on one-third the space of the United States, a bewildering mix of different languages, religions, customs, cultures, and castes. And yet somehow things get done and people are generally happy. India made Miglani realize that you simply have to accept “the unpredictable, uncertain, imperfect, and complicated nature of life.” Instead of fighting it, Miglani learned to use his energy on what he could control—his own actions, words, and thoughts. However, thinking too much is just another way of trying to control the chaos. Instead of endlessly pondering possibilities, Miglani found it was better to take action, even imperfectly—to move forward, make mistakes, trust his intuition, find his purpose.
Throughout the book, Miglani tells funny and moving stories of his trips to India, the people he met there, and what each encounter taught him. What happens when you find yourself in an Indian village with no money and a plane to catch? How can an educated urban woman choose the man she is going to marry based on one or two meetings? What keeps a rural Indian health worker motivated despite the enormous need and such limited ability to help? What does trying to catch an insanely overcrowded Indian bus teach you about perfection?
Embracing the chaos, Miglani writes, “is a wonderfully freeing experience that opens us up to new, fresh possibilities. It leads us down paths we never would have walked on, introducing us to new people, new opportunities, and some of the best experiences in our life. It brings out strengths we never knew existed inside of us.”
About the Author
Bob Miglani lives in Monroe township, NJ.
Table of Contents
1 You cant control the chaos. You can only control you
2 No one can predict your future. Stop over-thinking
3 Waiting for perfection will get you nowhere
4 Trying anything is better than sitting still
5 Service to others can help you discover your own purpose
6 Going with the flow helps to enjoy the ride
7 You were born ready
8 Youll figure it out as you go. Youll make it work
9 The worst is never as bad as you think
10 Remembering the impermanence of life keeps you grounded
11 You are never alone. Were all flying by the seat of our pants
12 It all works out in the end
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