You Can Create An Exceptional Life is a series of conversations between Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson, one of the many individuals greatly influenced by Louise Hay, and who has gone on to be one of Hay House's bestselling authors. The result is an easy-to-read guide to living life well, combined with inspiring personal anecdotes from them both.
Louise Hay has just turned 85 years old but, from what she says and how Cheryl Richardson describes her, it's obvious that she's definitely still living an 'exceptional life'. She is walking her talk. The combination of positive affirmations, a nutritious diet and a healthy lifestyle give her the joy and vibrancy of someone years younger.
"We are powerful, creative beings who determine our future with every thought we think and every word we speak," Louise says, and she's every indication that this is true. I'm fascinated reading about the daily life of this inspirational lady who founded Hay House and is still very much part of the company.
What I also enjoyed about the book are some of the insights into her life. It's easy to think that she was an instant success when she wrote You Can Heal Your Life but actually she could only afford to get a few copies printed at a time and when she sold those she would get more printed.
In the book Louise consistently talks about things growing slowly.
"Today, so many people want fast success," she says. "But when we're on the spiritual path and responding to what life presents us, I think the most powerful work we do happens gradually over time."
Louise is adamant that it's important to start each day well, and have some 'self-care' time, even if it's only 10 or 15 minutes before getting children ready for school and rushing out to work. Louise gives herself two hours, and in that time says positive affirmations, does stretches, enjoys some spiritual reading and might even do a crossword puzzle before she starts her day.
When Cheryl asks if she ever has a bad day, she responds:
"Not much anymore," and then adds, "I've been practising a long time and I have good habits in place. It's all about practice."
The final chapter addresses death and like the rest of the book it is another life affirming chapter illustrating how we can all make good decisions and choices. This is an insightful book. It is also full of practical advice and affirmations for healing and health, loving yourself and your life, for work, prosperity and also facing difficulties.
Sydney based writer Rosamund Burton is the author of Castles, Follies and Four Leaf Clovers