Peaks and Valleys
This is the type of book that your Avon-selling co-worker is always ranting about. It’s easy to read and visualizes a simple concept. Most self-help books are great for people without crippling mental health issues. “Peaks and Valleys” by Dr. Spencer Johnson is one of those books. If you suffer from anything like “Imposter Syndrome”, or “ADHD” this book won’t help. Please seek a therapist.
I love books like these because they are quick reads and don’t try to be more than they are. Peaks and Valleys can be summarized as saying we all have times when things are going great, and times when things are not going great. The book provides wisdom that when you’re in a valley, you need to think about what you have been doing to get you there and figure out what needs to change. Easy right? It’s a 112-page masterpiece on how to “Lean In”.
“Peaks and Valleys” is vague so that you can fill the void with your own life, kind of like Bella Swan in Twilight. There’s even a great metaphorical scene where the protagonist is at the bottom of a valley and ties a rope into a lasso to pull himself across a dangerous river. This is supposed to resemble that time you are faced with a project you don’t know how to do and your boss needs it done and you’re really down about it and you’re afraid that you’ll lose everything if you can’t do it perfectly so you find an ingenious solution and YOU CROSS THAT RIVER! See? Not so hard was it? Oh, and on your way back you find a bridge because you always find an easier route from the vantage of your next peak.
While the knowledge gain is minimal, the effort to read the book is also minimal. It’s a good read for a Sunday afternoon if you need a pick-me-up.
Peaks and Valleys by Dr. Spencer Johnson
Published by Atria Books; Reprint edition (November 29, 2014)
This book is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Peaks-Valleys-Making-Times-You-At/dp/1501108085