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Hi Con, Your book arrived yesterday morning and I sat down after lunch and read the entire book. Well done on putting so many of your life events on display for your readership. I was very impressed with the mix of events and how you have dealt with the outcomes and through seeking answers and continuous reading have come to have a deeper understanding of yourself. I really enjoyed A Life Examined. I learned so much more about you and your family. It is making me think through our future plans and evaluating them again. Anyone who reads this book can improve their lives through more effective decision making. I bought Con Hurley’s book on Saturday and literally devoured it before Sunday! Really fascinating read. I am quite intrigued with what he has to say. I think he is really onto something. It’s pretty amazing how he has worked out how decisions affect us and how to work out what’s important to us; one thing he suggests is to write an account of your life up to the present in order to identify key turning points and events and decisions that steered the course of our life so we can reflect and learn. I reckon that book could change the world! It’s an empowering book with an original and engaging approach to the fundamental task of making decisions. I expect that anybody who reads A Life Examined will enjoy your story and take something valuable for themselves. I loved it! Congratulations on a truly wonderful achievement! Your story providing the background for your life decisions and later your analysis makes the process personable and engaging and it is beautifully told. I absolutely loved the imagery and the anecdotes, it was honest, entertaining and moving - it reminded me a bit of Angela’s Ashes. I read this part in one sitting. Your existential question ’who am I?’ gave me food for thought. You came up with ‘the observer’ and I see your reasoning that your body, thoughts, memories etc. are things you have rather than what you are. I feel my answer would encapsulate something more immersive, perhaps I see myself as the decision making centre (locus of evaluation) but also the do-er; I’m still pondering this but the point is that your book made me think about this profound question of how I see myself which is important for anyone who seeks to know themselves better and I suppose it could potentially have as many answers as there are people in the world! The section about having ‘enough’ especially resonated with me. Your book is about making the most of our time on earth and living according to what’s important to us which includes having enough money to pursue these things but fulfilment doesn’t come from money itself and the recognition of having enough is key to richness of life - to happiness. This is vital; I believe this concept of having enough is key to saving the human race and the entire planet. Imagine a world where everybody could recognise and be content with having ‘enough’. A Life Examined is a wonderful book and a great achievement. It took guts and humility to describe the mistakes you made. I enjoyed reading your life story and it was chapters 6 and 7 that really got to me as they showed the journey you took to reach happiness and peace. I applied most of the ideas you mention to my own life, which was one based on philosophy and theology while yours was based on agriculture and writing. Just finished your book and really enjoyed it. Excellently well written and paced and once I started I galloped through it – especially the first part which read like a novel. Truth stranger than fiction! You could certainly write it up into a larger memoir with all the material that is there and your ability to bring it to life. All in all a great achievement and certainly a “legacy” to be proud of. Just finished your book and I thoroughly enjoyed it, thank you!! I loved the childhood stories and reading about your family growing up, just brilliant and you have such a great way of telling a story (of course!). And then your life lessons for making better decisions were very simple and repeatable, I took it all on board and makes so much sense. I’m just so thrilled that you and Eleanor are doing exactly what you want to be doing and enjoying life. I really enjoyed reading “A Life Examined.” By writing with such honesty and self-reflection, your memoir offers lots of guidance for others. What really struck me about the book is the way it provides an “ethical will” as a legacy for your family. You’ll recall that I explored the concept of an ethical will in my book. Unlike a legal will, the ethical will is not concerned with distributing our material assets. Its purpose is to pass values from one generation to the next by sharing life stories, lessons learned, dreams for the future, and expressions of love, forgiveness and hope. The philosophy behind ethical wills is sharing what your life has meant to you and how you want the next generation to live. You’re telling your family what you want them to take forward from your life, into their lives. On your journey of self discovery, you uncovered your life truths, and clarified your values. Your story of how you overcame financial ruin and depression and applied the lessons learned to becoming the “leader of [your] own life” is inspirational. You confirmed the primary importance of your enduring partnership with your beloved wife and the foundational relationships you needed to nurture with her, and your children and grandchildren. I particularly enjoyed the details of your childhood, which brought the Ireland and England of the 50’s alive. Your mother was indomitable! And although you are critical of yourself for the financial disaster that resulted from your “romantic notions about living on a large hill farm in West Cork,” I wonder if you didn’t have to plunge into some version of this dream to avoid a lifelong regret. But that’s easy for me to say as an armchair reader. As the poet Mary Oliver asks, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” and you have done a lot. I am not a book reader but I read it in 2 days - I could not put it down. Con has lived a varied and full life. It is well worth reading. I (and maybe you ) do not agree with the psychological thoughts in the latter half of the book but it's still worth reading - you may

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CON HURLEY

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A LIFE EXAMINED

CON HURLEY

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Hi Con, Your book arrived yesterday morning and I sat down after lunch and read the entire book. Well done on putting so many of your life events on display for your readership. I was very impressed with the mix of events and how you have dealt with the outcomes and through seeking answers and continuous reading have come to have a deeper understanding of yourself. I really enjoyed A Life Examined. I learned so much more about you and your family. It is making me think through our future plans and evaluating them again. Anyone who reads this book can improve their lives through more effective decision making. I bought Con Hurley’s book on Saturday and literally devoured it before Sunday! Really fascinating read. I am quite intrigued with what he has to say. I think he is really onto something. It’s pretty amazing how he has worked out how decisions affect us and how to work out what’s important to us; one thing he suggests is to write an account of your life up to the present in order to identify key turning points and events and decisions that steered the course of our life so we can reflect and learn. I reckon that book could change the world! It’s an empowering book with an original and engaging approach to the fundamental task of making decisions. I expect that anybody who reads A Life Examined will enjoy your story and take something valuable for themselves. I loved it! Congratulations on a truly wonderful achievement! Your story providing the background for your life decisions and later your analysis makes the process personable and engaging and it is beautifully told. I absolutely loved the imagery and the anecdotes, it was honest, entertaining and moving - it reminded me a bit of Angela’s Ashes. I read this part in one sitting. Your existential question ’who am I?’ gave me food for thought. You came up with ‘the observer’ and I see your reasoning that your body, thoughts, memories etc. are things you have rather than what you are. I feel my answer would encapsulate something more immersive, perhaps I see myself as the decision making centre (locus of evaluation) but also the do-er; I’m still pondering this but the point is that your book made me think about this profound question of how I see myself which is important for anyone who seeks to know themselves better and I suppose it could potentially have as many answers as there are people in the world! The section about having ‘enough’ especially resonated with me. Your book is about making the most of our time on earth and living according to what’s important to us which includes having enough money to pursue these things but fulfilment doesn’t come from money itself and the recognition of having enough is key to richness of life - to happiness. This is vital; I believe this concept of having enough is key to saving the human race and the entire planet. Imagine a world where everybody could recognise and be content with having ‘enough’. A Life Examined is a wonderful book and a great achievement. It took guts and humility to describe the mistakes you made. I enjoyed reading your life story and it was chapters 6 and 7 that really got to me as they showed the journey you took to reach happiness and peace. I applied most of the ideas you mention to my own life, which was one based on philosophy and theology while yours was based on agriculture and writing. Just finished your book and really enjoyed it. Excellently well written and paced and once I started I galloped through it – especially the first part which read like a novel. Truth stranger than fiction! You could certainly write it up into a larger memoir with all the material that is there and your ability to bring it to life. All in all a great achievement and certainly a “legacy” to be proud of. Just finished your book and I thoroughly enjoyed it, thank you!! I loved the childhood stories and reading about your family growing up, just brilliant and you have such a great way of telling a story (of course!). And then your life lessons for making better decisions were very simple and repeatable, I took it all on board and makes so much sense. I’m just so thrilled that you and Eleanor are doing exactly what you want to be doing and enjoying life. I really enjoyed reading “A Life Examined.” By writing with such honesty and self-reflection, your memoir offers lots of guidance for others. What really struck me about the book is the way it provides an “ethical will” as a legacy for your family. You’ll recall that I explored the concept of an ethical will in my book. Unlike a legal will, the ethical will is not concerned with distributing our material assets. Its purpose is to pass values from one generation to the next by sharing life stories, lessons learned, dreams for the future, and expressions of love, forgiveness and hope. The philosophy behind ethical wills is sharing what your life has meant to you and how you want the next generation to live. You’re telling your family what you want them to take forward from your life, into their lives. On your journey of self discovery, you uncovered your life truths, and clarified your values. Your story of how you overcame financial ruin and depression and applied the lessons learned to becoming the “leader of [your] own life” is inspirational. You confirmed the primary importance of your enduring partnership with your beloved wife and the foundational relationships you needed to nurture with her, and your children and grandchildren. I particularly enjoyed the details of your childhood, which brought the Ireland and England of the 50’s alive. Your mother was indomitable! And although you are critical of yourself for the financial disaster that resulted from your “romantic notions about living on a large hill farm in West Cork,” I wonder if you didn’t have to plunge into some version of this dream to avoid a lifelong regret. But that’s easy for me to say as an armchair reader. As the poet Mary Oliver asks, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” and you have done a lot. I am not a book reader but I read it in 2 days - I could not put it down. Con has lived a varied and full life. It is well worth reading. I (and maybe you ) do not agree with the psychological thoughts in the latter half of the book but it's still worth reading - you may convert.

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