The Connection Code by Paul Hurley wrote in the latter part of the book, “If the pond is clouded with mud, there’s nothing that can be done to make the water clear. Once you allow the mud to settle, however, it will clear all by itself, because clarity is the water’s natural state.”
Coming across a book with less than a hundred pages, browsing through the pages of The Connection Code by Paul Hurley should be read with a clear mind. preferably without prejudice nor expectation of what it should be.
From the preface itself, author Paul Hurley made it a point to mention that the goal is “to inspire, not to inform” because at this point, everyone experiences information overload. Also, not all forms of information inspire us to do better.
Suffice to say The Connection Code managed to attempt both.
The part about informing readers like us comes across as a way to back up the inspirational talk with scientific facts. I appreciate it. As someone who occasionally watches YouTube channels like Coffeezilla and Spencer Cornelia, I have learned of online gurus that occasionally end up talking like a therapist. I almost wrote “your therapist” but it’s unfair when I myself don’t have a therapist to practically yell at me how to live my life.
This is why the part about Hurley’s story on the earliest development of depression struck a nerve with me. School sometimes is more about repeating word-by-word what your teacher just taught you in order to get good grades, not about learning new things that will help you later in life.
I am speaking based on my experience teaching part-time in college and how I insert snippets of stories based on real-life experiences to inform any of the students that ended up in my class how this lesson can help them in their chosen professions. Although providing them a format to follow for other exercises mandated by the college syllabus, I have to make sure they learn critical thinking too.
It turns out that I am doing the right thing. Hurley’s story in The Connection Code verified the method I applied.
The Connection Code inspires you to do better while having scientific facts and verifiable research to back up his claims. Most of the scientific jargon may be found on the first dimension of wellness that he discussed – physical wellness.
A minor complaint is the mention of testosterone, a hormone I don’t think I have (guess why). On the other hand, it explained the need for training. The word conditioning comes to mind whenever training is discussed. I may not be the weights-type of person.
But I can relate to the part when you do one set of exercise routine and the next time you do it, your body is used to it. Then you keep doing it until you achieved the fitness goals you’ve jotted down on your personal journal. Or fitness app, whichever works for you.
My fave part of The Connection Code by Paul Hurley is about Vitamin D. I will not spoil which dimension of wellness is that. It’s up for you to read.
I come from a country with less awareness about depression. But more and more people are becoming aware of it because of people showing signs of depression. The worst cases involved depressed people taking their own lives. It’s sad. It makes you think how going out more often and literally getting some sun could have thwarted the depression-causing chemicals in the brain.
But to everyone else still alive but still stuck in depression, they will not find it surprising anymore if they are told to go out more often and be with other people. Preferably with people who will not mock their depression or start spewing crap about how mental health is not real. (Yes, such people exist. I call them for what they are – pricks.)
There used to be less incidents of depression. This was when kids could still come out and play and have fun under the sun. Luckily, Hurley suggested other sources of Vitamin D a.k.a. the antidepressant hormone because our current situation can’t make us go out and play. I will not spoil that part either for you. I would rather have you read the book for yourself.
Overall, a straight-forward book that went straight to the meat and the potatoes of the information vital to better sources of inspiration. Just click the link provided for your convenience to get your own copy of the book. Highly recommended reading during lockdown season.
Overall, a straight-forward book that went straight to the meat and the potatoes of the information vital to better sources of inspiration.
Just click the link provided for your convenience to get your own copy of the book. Highly recommended reading during lockdown season.