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What I Learned From “Live Free”

From May-June, I hosted a book club for “Live Free: Exceed Your Highest Expectations” by DeVon Franklin.

Here are a few quotes that stood out to me while reading the book.

“The reasons why we have so much difficulty isn’t life itself. It’s what we have expected from life up until now and how upset we have been when our expectations did not come to pass.”

DeVon Franklin

When you’re young, you are encouraged to dream big. And in the course of life, the societal construct determines what’s expected of you, the order and time frame of when you should achieve certain milestones.

Therefore, it’s disappointing when life doesn’t turn out how you expected. Maybe you had a baby before getting married, or you didn’t find your passion until you were in your 40s.

But despite your disappointment that your life didn’t follow society’s standards, it can still be beautiful and fulfilling with any and all of these experiences.

“Instead of maximizing time that does exist, the present; we outsource our happiness, satisfaction and peace to a time that doesn’t yet exist, the future.”

DeVon Franklin

If you need a time machine to be happy, it’s time to look at life differently. So often we don’t feel like we can be happy until we achieve something we want, letting life pass us by. The Disney Pixar movie “Soul” is a good example of this.

You may not be where you want to be in life right now, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t happiness and joy in your life today. This is where gratitude becomes important. It reminds you that there is joy in what you have right now.

“Our unrealistic expectations of God have caused us to have a crisis of faith.”

DeVon Franklin

When things feel unbearable or unfair, it’s easy to blame God or feel like he isn’t listening to you. A relationship with God requires patience. You don’t always get the “right” answer to a prayer and it doesn’t necessarily come on demand.

Sometimes, life will shake you to your core. And in those moments, it’s important to move closer to God than to pull further away. That’s easier said than done, especially when you feel guilt or shame in your circumstances.

But I hope that in your despair you will keep praying, even if the first sentence is, “God, I’m angry with you.” You maybe surprised by what you receive if you keep the conversation open.

What are your thoughts of the book? Please share in the comments.

Click here to get your copy of “Live Free: Exceed Your Highest Expectations.”

1 thought on “What I Learned From “Live Free””

  1. I haven’t read the book, but I agree with the concept that living too much in the future rather than the present is a recipe for unhappiness. Joy comes in the present moment, not the future moment. That’s why people are sometimes so dissatisfied when they achieve a goal. They’re wondering “Is this all there is? I expected to be fulfilled.” Achieving a goal may be a success, but it doesn’t automatically result in emotional fulfillment.

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