What is Crossing the Rubicon about?
My self-help book, Crossing the Rubicon, is a guide for navigating life’s journey using the framework of virtues found in ancient and modern day philosophies
It needs to be written because poor mental health, stress, low mood, anxiety and depression affect millions of people globally. More often than not, those living with such debilitating mental health issues are prescribed medication to stabilise their moods. I would argue that this can never be a long-term solution as this approach never actually tackles the issue; it only serves to mask it.
My premise is that if we structure our lives around the virtues of compassion, gratitude, acceptance, accurate perspective and positivity, mind sets can be managed and controlled.
The power to change one’s mind set is only in the hands or mind of the beholder.
This book places the reader on a clear journey of self-discovery, self-realisation and self-development.
It is empowering to believe and accept that the power to change your outlook and life is in your hands.
Why Crossing the Rubicon?
The title of this book, Crossing the Rubicon, relates to the idea of taking a path to pass the point of no return. The Rubicon was the name of a river that flowed through northern Italy.
In 49 BC, Julius Caesar, with his army, crossed the Rubicon. The river was significant because it marked the boundary between Italy and the provinces. Julius Caesar was governor of Gaul, part of modern-day France but he wanted to declare war on his own homeland and become the ruler of a much larger empire.
As he crossed the river, Caesar exclaimed, ‘alea iacta est’ or ‘the die is cast’. The crossing of the river marked the beginning of a civil war that would last for five years. Caesar ruled over the Roman Empire until his death in 44 BC. ‘To cross the Rubicon’ therefore has symbolic meaning as it implies taking a risk, taking the plunge to take massive action when faced with a choice or a crossroads. Caesar could have remained in Gaul forfeiting his power to his Roman enemies or cross the Rubicon into Italy and declare war. Clearly, he chose a more challenging path, but it was one which brought him closer to his goals and values.
Once I had made the decision to change my thinking and therefore change my life, I crossed my own Rubicon. I committed to taking a path previously untravelled by me, never to return. I practise daily the building of my mind around the values or virtues of acceptance, gratitude, compassion, accurate perception and positivity. I believe that this approach is allowing me to become the kind of person others want to be around and love, but also, and more importantly, it is allowing me to love myself.
There is a Rubicon that we all must cross at some point in our lives. Change is inevitable and desirable. This is why I chose this title for my book.