.做不到外界的種種期待,覺得自己一無是處?

.渴望轉換跑道,又擔心做了錯誤的選擇而裹足不前?

.無法自厭世的情緒中抽離,只想躲在角落裡,與世隔絕?


給處在焦慮與迷思中的你,一本指引人生、洞見靈魂的導航之書


很多人難免疑惑,除了累積財富、掌握權利、爭強鬥勝、保住飯碗之外,生活還有什麼更有意義的目標嗎?在追尋的途中,也許你會了解,你現在過著的,可能是一個「不是自己」的生活。當你總是背負著無數人眼中期望你該做到的事情,為那些「應該」而精疲力竭時,你需要停下來聆聽自己。


宇宙萬物都有其本性,既蘊藏潛能,也各有極限。人類也是如此。若不先探究你是誰、你的本性為何,就冒然決定你要怎麼過,你所經歷的人生難免磕磕絆絆、醜態畢露,危害自己與他人。


本書作者帕克.巴默爾(Parker J. Palmer)曾被全美一萬名教育工作者評選為高等教育界最具影響力的三十位領袖之一,且名列十年來決定教育議程發展的十大關鍵人物。


帶著智慧、熱情與幽默,巴默爾邀請你我傾聽內在聲音,並隨著它的指引,讓生命更具意義與貢獻。書中有巴默爾個人的故事,有他人的生命點滴,毫不保留地與你我分享他的洞見,不只是來自完滿及喜樂,更是他走過黑暗與憂鬱的所得。為所有尋找生命中真實呼喚的人,照亮一條通往完滿人生的路徑。


活著,理應成就你生來就是的那個人,而非在他人要你成為的樣板人生中浮沉。


【好評推薦】


巴默爾的文字像是高地的鄉間之泉,清澈、充滿活力、樸實單純。假如你的生命似乎與你擦身而過,或者你看不清眼前的道路,本書的智慧將能帶領你更加了解自己。

——《織就》月刊(Weavings Journal)編輯莫格巴各(John S. Mogabgab)?


本書才華橫溢、充滿熱忱,我深受感動。我不能擺脫,也不想擺脫本書為我提出的問題,這些疑問自此在我心中縈繞,無法自己。這是一本洞穿靈魂的書,絕對會激起你探索個人內在的欲望——這是多麼非凡的成就!

——湯姆.彼得斯集團「學習機制」(Tom Peters Group/Learning Systems)總裁庫澤斯(Jim Kouzes)?




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Parker J. Palmer
On the Brink of Everything
Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old

From beloved and bestselling author Parker J. Palmer (Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, Healing the Heart of Democracy) comes a brave and beautiful book of reflections on eight decades of life and work. Reframing aging as “a passage of discovery and engagement,” Palmer says, “Old is just another word for nothing left to lose, a time to take bigger risks on behalf of the common good.”

On the Brink of Everything is not a “guide to” or “handbook for” getting old. Instead, it's Palmer turning the prism of insight on his experience as a way of encouraging readers to do the same with theirs. In elegant prose and lyrical poetry, he offers a set of meditations on the meanings of one's life, past, present, and future. “The laws of nature that dictate the sunset dictate our demise,” Palmer writes. “But how we travel the arc between our own sunrise and sundown is ours to choose: will it be denial, defiance, or collaboration?”

With gravity and levity, compassion and chutzpah, Palmer writes about cultivating a robust inner and outer life, a sense of meaning and purpose amid pain as well as joy, and the intergenerational relations that enhance the lives of young and old alike. Here's a book not only for elders but also for those younger folks we call “old souls.”

And this book sings! It includes three songs by Palmer's longtime friend and colleague, singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer, written in response to themes in the book. At the download site for the songs, Palmer and Newcomer hope to engage readers in an ongoing conversation about what Howard Thurman called “the growing edge” of our personal and public lives.

Ultimately, Palmer sees age as a precious gift: “The fact that I've come this far makes me one of the lucky ones.” Surprised by the fact that he likes being old, he writes, “Welcome to the brink of everything. It takes a lifetime to get here, but the stunning view and the wake-up breeze in your face make it worth the trip.”
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