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|Educational Level:||Trade||Author:||Steve Donahue|
|Subject:||Biography & Autobiography||Pivoting_Format_Computed:||Paperback|
|Topic:||Growth and transformation||Publication Year:||20040000|
|Country/Region of Manufacture:||United States||Language:||English|
|Special Attributes:||ISBN, Signed||ISBN:||9781576752807|
|Shifting Sands takes the author's fascinating journey across the entire Sahara Desert and uses it as a metaphor for our journeys in life. It reveals how life, especially times of change, is like a crossing a desert: we get lost, we get stuck, we follow mirages. Deserts require a unique approach contrary to the goal-setting, destination-focused belief system widely promoted in our culture. The Sahara does not have a clear endpoint like Mount Everest's peak that defines the summit. Shifting Sands exposes the mountain-climbing myth and its goal- setting metaphor as ineffective in the ever-shifting sands that make up the deserts of life. Instead, Shifting Sands offers Six Rules of Desert Travel that allow us to live fully in times of change. Deserts require us to pay attention to our journey rather than the destination. In the deserts of life we follow a compass not a map. We don't always know where we are headed. Shifting Sands uses the author's real-life experience across the Sahara Desert as a metaphor for our journeys through difficult times in our lives. Steve Donahue skillfully intersperses the true tale of his sometimes harrowing adventure with reflective passages that relate his experience to the challenges we all face. "We had no vehicle. We didn't know how or if we would continue heading south. I was in a vast, seemingly endless desert. I didn't know when or if we'd make it to the other side. I didn't even know where the other side was. It wasn't in Algeria. I knew that much. Was it in Niger? Where does the Sahara actually end?"We live in a culture, Donahue write, which loves "climbing mountains." We want to see the peak, map out a route, and follow it to the top. Sometimes this approach works, but not always, particularly when we are enduing a personal crisis-divorce, job loss, addiction, illness, or death. We may not know exactly where we are going, how to get there, or even how we'll know we've arrived. And it's not just in times of crisis. There are many deserts in our lives, situations with no clear paths or boundaries. Finding a job is usually a mountain, but changing careers may be a desert. Having a baby is a mountain, especially for the mom. But raising a child is a desert. Battling with cancer is a mountain. Living with a chronic illness is a desert. In the desert, we need to follow different rules than we follow when conquering a mountain. We need to be more intuitive, more patient, more spontaneous. Donahue outlines six "rules to desert travel" that will help us discover our direction by wandering, find our own personal oasis and cross our self-imposed borders. "The sun appears like a silent explosion, a slow motion fireworks display dazzling the volcanic crags of the Hoggar. I stand up and walk to the path and begin descending to Klaus' car. I've made my decision. Tallis and I will travel, somehow, to Agadez. I don't have a logical explanation for my decision or a plan to get to the lost oasis. I know I am on the right journey-I am following my compass. Shifting Sands show us how to slow down, reflect and embrace the changes of life graciously, naturally and courageously. Unlike the familiar mountain-climbing metaphor, which focuses more narrowly on goal setting and achievement, the desert as a metaphorical place of change does not have final summit or endpoint. Shifting Sands exposes the mountain-climbing myth and its goal-setting metaphor as ineffective, and suggests that the desert is the perfect metaphor to describe the journey of life, especially in times of transition. Deserts require us to pay attention to the journey rather than the destination. Strategic planning and maps don't work in a desert. Instead, travelers must follow their internal compass. Steve Donahue presents the ""Six Rules of Desert Travel"" to aid all those facing change, whether starting a new career, coping with illness or a midlife crisis, getting married or divorced, or having the kids move out of the house. He helps life travelers face their fears and overcome other obstacles (being too busy, feeling overwhelmed) so they can commit to the journey in front of them.|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||6072319|
|Number Of Pages||168 pages|
|Publisher||Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Incorporated|
|LC Classification Number||DT333.D66 2003|
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