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Living Your Best Life

By Bob on November 10, 2010 5:11 AM

We get offered a lot of self-help books here at The Boomer Brief. Some are good - some, eh...not so much. That's why it's great to get a couple of self-help books that really, well, help.

We've uncovered a couple I think you'll like: The Currency of Life: Uncovering The Clues To Why We're Here, by Mark E. Klein, M.D. and The Gateway: Discover The Power to Create an Outrageously Prosperous and Happy Life, by Robert Sidell.
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The Currency of Life: Uncovering The Clues To Why We're Here, by Mark E. Klein, M.D.
Currency is an interesting book that'll really make you think. What I liked about it was that Dr. Klein doesn't just recycle popular theories - he provides his own particular take on the meaning of life based on a physician's observation and deductive skills. He derives a compelling and uplifting theory of why we are here and convincingly explains why there is both meaning and a specific purpose to each of our lives.


The Gateway: Discover The Power to Create an Outrageously Prosperous and Happy Life, by Robert Sidell
Sidell's belief is that to build happier lives, we must learn to connect with each other beyond our concepts and beliefs and love beyond our differences. His premise is really pretty simple when you consider it: when we connect heart to heart - rather than mind to mind - our energy lifts each other up. I know it sounds a little "New Agey" but give it a chance. There are some ideas here that will make you think before you speak (and you gotta know that really helps me!).

We asked Robert to give Boomers a few tips to help us live our best life and he graciously agreed. Here are his thoughts on how to restore hope, vision and optimism, while recapturing our youthful vitality and enthusiasm for life.


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Four Tips from Gateway author Robert Sidell


1. Believe in yourself and your dreams! You are the guardian of your own dreams. Where would we be if Einstein doubted himself, and believed what his professors taught? We would have lost his genius. What if the Wright brothers doubted their dream to fly? They would have lived lives of quiet desperation, always knowing they failed to fulfill their potential. Only you can truly have faith in you. 


2. Don't identify with failure.You simply have to realize that "you" are never a failure.You may have failed at some project or experience, but you are not a failure. So make sure never to identify with failure.  Failure is part of every successful person's life. Every child fails thousands of times while learning to walk. Yet as adults we lose confidence in ourselves. Learn to see every reversal as a step towards greater success and you will find a great future.


3. Your dreams contain great power! Your dreams can revitalize you, bring you joy, enthusiasm and happiness. If you really dedicate yourself to your passion, this will unleash amazing power and joy in you.


4. You are entitled to the best. There is no one on this planet more entitled to love, joy, prosperity and peace than you. Stop thinking of other people as better than you are. Allow yourself to accept with gratitude the riches of joy, prosperity and health that will bring you happiness. As you accept these things, you contribute to everyone around you.


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Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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