I have a very good friend who loves to read as much as I do (probably more) who sent this book to me as a gift. I’m so grateful for that gift and for his friendship!

Early in life and into middle age we find ourselves on the first mountain – seeking wealth, prestige, success, accomplishments. All of which can be good things. But Brooks argues that the view from the top of the first mountain is often lacking and, when we are honest with ourselves, quite disappointing. The Second Mountain discusses our need to move from a life focused on our own needs and success to one focused on those deep relationships.

From the intro David Brooks concludes:

Happiness tends to be individual; we measure it by asking, “Are you happy?” Joy tends to be self-transcending. Happiness is something you pursue; joy is something that rises up unexpectedly and sweeps over you. Happiness comes from accomplishments; joy comes from offering gifts. Happiness fades; we get used to the things that used to make us happy. Joy doesn’t fade. To live with joy is to live with wonder, gratitude and hope. People who are on the second mountain have been transformed. They are deeply committed. The outpouring of love has become a steady force.

  • Whitney
    2 years ago
    We lose ourselves in the service of others!