Mark Matteson’s Freedom from Fear: The Story of One Man’s Discovery of Simple Truths that Lead to Wealth, Joy and Peace of Mind is a must-read ‘sequel’ to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, whose second habit “Begin with the end in mind” is expanded in this book.
Presenting wisdom in the form of a parable, Matteson implores readers to consider a question raised by Covey in 7 Habits: How would you like your eulogy to be? Reading this book in fact presents the answer. Tears rolled down my eyes when I closed the last chapter. If I ever have a eulogy, this is the one that I would like to have.
This is a matter that all of us ought to contemplate. At the heart of it, ask yourself: When you leave Gaia, what legacy are you leaving behind? What do you wish to be remembered for?
Therein lays the solution to the individual puzzles of our existence in this world.