Monday, April 23, 2018

Book Review: Be Careful What You Think

Be Careful What You Think A couple of months ago, I met a delightful woman who is just a few years younger than my father. Her name is Ellen Curry. She speaks with a crisp British (born in Rhodesia – Zimbabwe) accent and hails from Canada. She is kind, outspoken, and loves life. As you listen to her speak, you know that she thinks deeply, cares tremendously for people, and loves to have fun. Little did I know how much!

She has recently written a book filled with stories of her adventures throughout her life including presenting flowers to the Queen Mum in 1940, the sweet love story of her fifty-eight year romance with her husband, Brian, running the Comrades Marathon (a 55 mile run that takes place in South Africa) and breaking the Guinness Book of Records for longest scuba dive in 1982.

Ellen’s philosophy in life is to think only positive thoughts. When she was twelve, she was given a letter her grandmother had written her just a couple of weeks before she was born. In it, her grandmother told her to remember three rules in life:

  1. Always treat people the way you want them to treat you.
  2. When you start something, always finish it. Winners never quit and quitters never win.
  3. Never be afraid to try new things. That is how you learn.

What inspirational rules to live by, don’t you think?

I can’t wait to get to know Ellen better than what I learned by reading her book. As I suspected, she just loves to have fun and pursue her passions in life. I know I could learn much from her, and I’m anxious to get started.

Her book, Be Careful What You Think, is an enjoyable afternoon’s read, and an inspiration to all of us to remember that our attitude determines what we get out of life. Why not make it positive!

Ellen Curry immigrated to Canada from Rhodesia in 1961 with her two small sons and Brian, the love of her life. They were soon followed by both Brian’s mother, and Ellen’s mother. Ellen owned and operated her own Scuba Dive Store/School in Oshawa, Ontario for 10 years. She currently spends half her year in Sun City, AZ – golfing, hiking, canoeing, camping and swimming, and the other six months in Cobourg, On, Canada.

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