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Life's Daily Treasure:
366 Doses of Hope, Optimism,
Personal Growth and Encouragement
by Richard V Battle

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Life can be hard. It seems like the last few years have been especially difficult with the pandemic and other factors. Even when there are not tragedies or disasters, as the author says, "Life can be a daily grind, discouraging the pursuit of one's dreams and the belief in humanity's goodness."

So the author Richard V. Battle, who is also a motivational speaker and trainer, wrote Life's Daily Treasure to provide encouragement and positive messages in the form of 366 daily doses of Hope, Optimism, Personal Growth and Encouragement. HOPE.

He says the book is part almanac, historic celebration, personal journal and trivia - and all inspirational.

There is a page for each day and each day includes a quote from the Bible, a notice of the National Day falling on that date, historical contributions from this date, birthdays of successful people, a motivational quote, an action item and space for you to write tour own personal observances.

Each day also has one of 31 daily subjects such as Joy, Honor, Hope, Heart, Courage and so on.

So, for example, January 30 (chosen at random) falls under the theme of Thankful and includes a Bible quote from Philippians about being thankful. It notes that it is national Croissant Day and on this day in 1971 UCLA basketball began their 88 game winning streak. FDR was born that day in 1882. The Motivation is a quote from an anonymous author who said, "There is always something to be thankful for." The action item, called Battle's Bullets, says "Longing for what we want in the future obscures our appreciation for what we have in the present." Then, as on every page, there are a few lines to record our own Personal Observances.

It doesn't take long to read the page for the day so I can see it becoming part of the daily routine. I set the stopwatch and read 5 pages and then divided by 5. It took me less than 45 seconds to carefully read a page. I can certainly spend 45 seconds each day to combat the numerous daily doses of negativity we face.

I liked this quote from the Introduction: "Life should be a one-way trip of growth and exploration, lived with enthusiasm, resilience, and persistence to our last breath."

I'm going to give the daily messages a try. You should too.

Reviewed by Dan Hanson 12-2021

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