Saturday, March 18, 2017
Frustrated With Life?
For several years now, my friend Edison Guzman has sponsored an Internet site inviting others to write about their frustrations and to comment on those writings, essentially either sympathetically or analytically.
We recently published a 205-page book, Frustrated with Life? You Are Not Alone!, presenting hundreds of responses along with our comments and suggestions in nine categories listed in the descending order of the number of postings to each: Life, Miscellaneous, Relationships, Family, Work, Money, Weird, School, and Health. The posting folk were anonymous, the posts labelled by number. Many of the posts were profane, clearly heartfelt. We did not edit them. I have chosen not to put them here, only a selection from our quotations and reading list.
Each section starts with a quotation and a statistic and ends with book resources to help the perplexed.
“…fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run….” Rudyard Kipling
"Life is what we make it. Always has been. Always will be." Grandma Moses
“The trick is to enjoy life. Don't wish away your days, waiting for better ones." Marjorie Pay Hinckley
“Keep in mind that you become what you focus on most of the time.” Edson R. Guzman
One of our recommended books is R. Hanson (2013) Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence
“All great changes are preceded by chaos.” Deepak Chopra
Recommended: N. Hill (2013) Positive Mental Attitude: The Science of Success by Napoleon Hill
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” Groucho Marx
Recommended resources: J. Shufeldt (2014) Ingredients of Outliers: A Recipe for Personal Achievement and D. Carnegie (2010) How to Win Friends and Influence People.
“All that we love deeply becomes part of us.” Helen Keller
Recommended reading: R. Eyre and L. Eyre (2014) The Turning: Why the State of the Family Matters and What the World Can Do about It
“Individual commitment to a group effort---that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” Vince Lombardi
Recommended reading: J. Goins (2015) The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do
“If you’re not happy with what you have, imagine not having it.” Anonymous
Recommended reading (a favorite of mine): T.J. Stanley (2010) The Millionaire Next Door
"Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward." C. S. Lewis
Recommended: F. Day (2015) You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir
“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned at school.” Albert Einstein
Recommended: A. Duckworth (2016) Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” Buddha
“It took a lot of willpower, but I finally gave up dieting.” Anonymous
Recommended: L. Shea (2015) Ten-Minute Yoga for Stress Relief, Focus, and Renewal
The Book’s Final Three Chapters
“Live with Purpose, On Purpose,” which includes Edison Guzman’s trails and triumphs after coming to America alone as a teenager from the Dominican Republic.
“My Heroic Quadriplegic Wife,” my tribute to Tina Su Cooper, who is inspiring to all who know her.