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The Three Insights
by Tim Pond   

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Publisher:  Lulu Publishing ISBN-10:  1446128350 Type: 


Copyright:  Nov 10, 2010 ISBN-13:  9781446128350

Pond Insights
The Three Insights

Three Secrets to a Life Worth Living

What would you do if you got a do-over for your life?
Follow one man’s journey of self-discovery via The Three Insights

“No one on his deathbed ever wished he’d spent more time at the office” is a famous old adage. But if someone were given a second chance, would they even know what to do differently?

Jack is given that opportunity when he survives a heart attack that strikes on his way to a business meeting. But can Jack ask the right questions this time? Can he make the right choices this time? Can he see instead of looking?
In a series of meetings in heaven, a most unexpected yet wise mentor St. Peter provides Jack with insights into how to live a happy, meaningful and fulfilled life – the keys to turning his life into one with purpose.
The reader will gain together with Jack The Three Insights by answering three questions:
• What is my true self?
• What is my unique purpose?
• What is everyone’s common purpose?
The Three Insights has a unique approach of combining the humanistic psychology, the psychology of human relationships and spirituality into a conversation between Everyman and Gatekeeper at Heaven’s Gate.
It discusses profound themes with humor, illuminating stories and surprising elements.
Jack was dead tired. He hadn’t slept well lately. A heavy shower beat against the window of his study but he didn’t notice. As busy as ever, he prepared for his speech tonight at the San Francisco Rotary Club. Always a multitasker, he was also checking his e-mails and the golf news on the Internet.
Little did Jack know that everything in his life would soon change.
Tomorrow would be Thanksgiving Day but Jack hadn’t given it much thought. Thanksgiving Day always aroused mixed feelings in Jack. “It’s always great to see the family,” Jack would tell people. “There are always lots of family stories, laughter and good food and wine, that’s for sure.” Yet he always felt a bit uncomfortable at the reunion. The stories about family events made him feel like an outsider. He had missed most of them.
Jack considered himself a high-achiever and took pride in his professional career. Young Jack had not been a bookworm; languishing in libraries was not his thing. He’d wanted to get his hands dirty. After finishing high school, he’d enrolled at San Francisco Community College and graduated with an Associate’s degree in Science. Shortly after graduation, he found the love of his life and married her a few years later. Before turning thirty, Jack and his wife, Rose, had two children, a girl and a boy. Taking care of the children had been largely left to Rose while Jack learned the ropes of business life and earned his merits as an employee, working 50-70 hours per week for years.
At the age of 45, he founded his own IT company in Silicon Valley. He worked long hours year after year. His company’s revenue increased nicely. He sold his company a year ago at a fine profit and retired early.
Due to the effort he’d put into his work, his wife and children remained distant. This fact consumed him, but, “No can do, you don’t always get what you want” was what he kept telling his pals at their poker night. Jack had many professional acquaintances but not many true friends.
After he retired and had all the time in the world, he didn’t want to be idle. He developed an almost obsessive interest in golf and travel. He became increasingly fascinated by online poker.
Rose appeared at his study door. “Jack, I made some coffee. Do you want a cup?”
“Excuse me, honey?”
“Coffee is ready. Do you want some?”
“Okay, thanks.”
They sipped their coffee in the kitchen in silence. Rose sulked a bit as Jack hadn’t participated in the Thanksgiving arrangements as much as she had hoped.
”Do you mind going to the grocery store before your meeting?” Rose asked. “I forgot to buy some things.”
“Okay. I’m a bit in a hurry, though.”
Rose frowned.
“Maybe you should cut down on your traveling a bit. You fly even more now than before you retired. I’m not bringing clean clothes to you at the airport anymore. You can at least visit your own home between trips.”
“Yeah, we’ve discussed this already.”
“Here’s the list.”
“It’s so nice to see the family, isn’t it? You haven’t seen little Michael for ages.”
“Yeah. Should see him more often, I know.”
Jack went back to the study. He tried to concentrate on his speech but Rose’s remarks annoyed him. He made a few changes in the speech, then printed it and put it in his briefcase. He surfed the ‘Net for a while, checking hotels and flights for his golf trip to Florida next month. Jack checked his Rolex; time to go the meeting. He dressed, took his briefcase and said bye to Rose. He hopped in his Mercedes and drove off. It was drizzling. The traffic was slow as usual at this hour.
“Haven’t got time for this shopping. I must be quick. Hey, what is that joker trying to do? Cut me off?” Jack felt his blood pressure rising. “Should teach him a lesson or two.”
Jack parked and went inside the store. He tried to hurry but had to search for sugar a couple of minutes. He got frustrated but finally found it, and was ready to pay.
“Why do I always choose the wrong line?” he thought. “This cashier is slow as a snail.” After paying, Jack threw a disapproving glance at the cashier and hurried off.
“Why am I so out of breath?” Jack wondered on his way back to the car. “I haven´t felt that great for the last couple of weeks. I guess for once I should really listen to the doc´s orders.”
Jack just had his annual check-up accompanied by his doctor’s usual lecture on the importance of healthy living. The lecture got him moving, but not for long. His doctor’s words had always motivated him to make an effort towards a healthier diet and an exercise regimen for a few weeks. However, his craving for instant gratification and his desire to treat his taste buds were always too strong. As a result, he was overweight. He had always enjoyed tasty food and drink and indulged in long dinners with good company. He had grown especially fond of Napa and Sonoma Valley red wines. Despite regular golfing, Jack didn’t manage to shed his extra pounds. “This is hopeless. My spare tire gets bigger every year.”
While driving to the meeting, Jack thought, “How come I´m still so busy? I thought after retirement I would slow down a bit. Maybe I really should cut down flying and some activities. I haven’t eaten out with Rose for ages. Actually I haven’t spent much time with her at all lately. I don’t know, maybe should put some extra effort to our relationship. I could take her on that cruise in the Caribbean this winter that she wants. We’ll see. And who scheduled this meeting the day before Thanksgiving Day? Me, I guess. Great timing!”
He parked near the hotel where the meeting was held. Jack checked his watch once more and noticed he was late – as usual. He started to run. He strode up the last stairs.
A sudden pain stopped him at the top of stairs. His chest hammered.
“Heart attack!” he cried silently and grabbed his chest before darkness filled his mind.

Professional Reviews

The Three Insights – A DNA for Purposeful Living
Are you looking for purpose in your life, but everywhere you search there are stumbling blocks that keep you always one or two steps away from finding what you need? The Three Insights, written by author/speaker, Tim Pond, is a thought-provoking read that's both inspiring and entertaining. The Three Insights contains fictional elements, but has a message that teaches us what our lives could be if we searched for purpose rather than immediate satisfaction with material things.

Pond has infused The Three Insights with spiritual, ideology, psychology and philosophy and readers will surely gain strength from its message. The book opens with the main character, Jack, busily preparing for a business meeting while multitasking by checking emails and Internet golf reports. His thoughts are broken by knowledge that tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, and although it's nice to see people, the talk always turned to memories of events that had happened without him.

Jack had missed out on the memories of family happenings because he was busy collecting "things" for himself and his family. He'd developed a successful business in Silicon Valley and eventually sold it to reap a healthy profit and then retired. But, after years of working 50 to 70 hours per week and building his business, he couldn't merely twiddle his thumbs. Jack quickly became obsessed with golf, travel and online poker to take up his time and his mind.

As a result of his previous work efforts and now, the time he spent with other pursuits, his family and friend relationships were distant, at best. In fact, he rarely spent quality time with his kids and wife - and he had no real friends - only acquaintances.

But, all this was about to change on the day Jack prepared to give a speech at that night's Rotary meeting when he's struck with a heart attack. If given a second chance at life, would Jack change his ways and make other choices or would he do everything the same? The story of how Jack reacts to his second chance at life is the premise of The Three Insights.

On the cusp of death, Jack begins a series of meetings in heaven with a wise mentor - St. Peter - who instills in Jack the formula for living a happy, meaningful and fulfilled life. The Three Insights transforms from an entertaining read to a lesson about how to gain more meaning in your own life and find the true purpose for which you were put on this earth.

The Three Insights is an illuminating book, filled with surprising and profound elements that will make readers think twice about their own purposes in life, what is everyone's common purpose and what is their true self in the scheme of the universe.

There is an old adage, "No one on his deathbed ever wished he'd spent more time at the office." Reading The Three Insights, by Tim Pond, will make you think about what you would do if given a second chance to live your life over again.

Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith is editor for the Virtual Book Review Network

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