As I scramble to add a few final titles to my list of books I’ve read this year, I’m burning through some books that fall under the heading of “short and sweet” — big on message, short on page count. One the books that fills that requirement better than most is Kevin Carroll’s “Rules of the Red Rubber Ball.”
Author Kevin Carroll outlines seven simple strategies anyone can use to give their life more meaning and more happiness using the iconic red rubber ball most everyone can recall from their school days. It’s enjoyable read that can be completed within an hour, but (if you’re doing it right) you’ll spend a lifetime contemplating the ideas and putting the concepts into action.
Rules of the Red Rubber Ball is a simple book on the meaning of life, while at the same time being a complex book on how to give your life more meaning. This book is simple: the guidelines provided within beautifully designed but less-than-100 pages are easy to understand and grasp no matter your age — but just because something is simple, doesn’t make it easy. Applying the concepts to your own personal situations and integrating the principles into your daily actions will take a lifetime to master.
I recently volunteered to participate in a youth mentoring program, and I think this book may be an ideal gift for my new mentee.