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Jeff Goins

Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing

4.3 (16 ratings)
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The In-Between by Jeff Goins explores how we can embrace the moments between the big milestones of life as valuable experiences, aiding personal growth and greater appreciation for life.

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    Let go of your expectations and be present in the life-changing moments around you.

    When Jeff became a father, he came to realize how important each and every moment is. He understood that children grow up so fast that if you miss even the shortest moment, you actually miss a lot.

    This became especially clear to Jeff one night when he was trying to get his infant son to go back to sleep. It was the middle of the night, and Jeff was eager to just get it over so he could also get some sleep. On this particular night, however, his son simply refused to fall asleep again, laying waste to Jeff’s hopes of getting a good night’s rest.

    Finally, Jeff gave up; it looked like he wasn’t going to get any sleep at all, so he decided he’d better just get used to it. He took his son downstairs to the living room, and they sat there playing in the middle of the night. All of a sudden, his son started smiling and speaking, using new words he had never used before.

    Astounded and overjoyed by this powerful, happy moment, Jeff realized that he could have missed it very easily. If he had stuck to his expectations of getting back to sleep quickly, he would have never brought his son downstairs.

    The fact that he let go of his expectations and the desire to control his own sleep allowed him to share this moment with his son. This is a potent reminder of why we should always strive to be present in what is happening right at this moment, instead of trying to force it to go as we expected it to.

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    What is The In-Between about?

    Most people spend their lives impatiently waiting for the next big thing to happen. But what if those moments between big events were actually hugely influential on our identities and lives? What if instead of focusing on those big events, we slow down and savor those in-between moments? The In-Between (2013) comprises a collection of Jeff Goins’ life-changing experiences that happened in the in-between, which he would like to share with readers.

    The In-Between Review

    The In-Between (2013) by Jeff Goins is a book that explores the value of embracing the moments between major milestones in life. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It offers insightful perspectives on finding meaning and purpose in the ordinary moments of life, reminding us that growth and fulfillment can happen in the in-between spaces.
    • Through personal stories and experiences, the author invites readers to reflect on their own lives and consider how they can make the most of the present moment.
    • The book's poignant storytelling and heartfelt messages make it a captivating read that reminds us to appreciate the journey, not just the destination.

    Who should read The In-Between?

    • Anyone who often finds themselves waiting for “the next big thing”
    • Anyone who feels they are not grateful enough for the things they have
    • Anyone who feels they do not appreciate the people around them enough

    About the Author

    Jeff Goins is a musician, author and blogger who has written for over 100 magazines, publications and blogs.

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    What is the main message of The In-Between?

    The In-Between reminds us to embrace the present moment and find joy in the journey, rather than always rushing towards the next destination.

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    Is The In-Between a good book? Is it worth reading?

    The In-Between is a delightful and insightful read that encourages us to appreciate the beauty of life's ordinary moments.

    Who is the author of The In-Between?

    The author of The In-Between is Jeff Goins.