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TORONTO, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - Silver linings often follow dark clouds. For anyone who ever needed to
work through a real or perceived rough patch in life, authors Paul
Bates and Al Emid have written a short but powerful book of life
stories. The second printing of What I Have Learned So Far … And How It Can Help You, published by The Knowledge Bureau, is now available in better bookstores everywhere. It recounts the
significant life events that rippled through the lives of famous
Canadians, like Terry Jacks and Dianne Buchner, David Crombie and Colin
Mochrie. It also explores the sources of strength that today's leaders
and aspiring leaders will find inspiring.
"Every single person has a story that must be told," says Paul Bates,
"and every story must be heard, because these stories are
inspiring!" His co-author, Al Emid agrees. "We found, above all, that
most crises have workable solutions."
Evelyn Jacks, Publisher and President of The Knowledge Bureau, added,
"We are delighted that this book of 50 stories has inspired so many to
take the time to tell, to read, to empathize and to share in order to
help others through a rough patch of life. It is truly a book for its
What I Have Learned So Far … And How It Can Help You is available at www.amazon.com, www.chapters.com, and www.knowledgebureau.com as well as better bookstores everywhere.
EXCERPT: FROM AN INTRODUCTION BY PAUL BATES. . .
Someone once said: "Sometimes you have to leave the life you have in
order to find the life that is waiting for you." Like so many young men
I was an angry teenager. I grew up in the East End of London, the son
of a hard-working and deeply caring couple who managed to make ends
meet but never much more. By my early teens, I felt increasing anger at
my lot in life and began down a path that was unlikely to take me to
any meaningful conclusion. One Wednesday, a thoughtful and attentive
art teacher asked me to stay behind after class. He laid out pots of
paint and a large sheet of paper on the floor. He told me he was
leaving, but invited me to stay behind and paint something. I watched
him leave, wondering why he was picking on me. For a while, I thought
about just heading out the door myself; then, I thought, "Why not, I'll
give it a try." I began to paint. It turns out that I could draw,
although not well enough to call myself an artist. What did happen, however, changed my life: I discovered that I could communicate
creatively. I began to write and I discovered literature. Today, I have
come to understand that, of all the skills there are to own,
communication is the greatest; communication is the beginning of
This book, What I Have Learned So Far … And How It Can Help You, is designed to be an intervention for you. It is an opportunity to
listen to people whose life stories may be just the nudge you need to
move in a new direction. We often internalize and cope with dilemma and
change by listening to the stories of others. These anecdotes, these
glimpses into the lives of others allow us to project ourselves into
such circumstances, giving us the tools and the confidence we need to
move on. In these interviews you will find stories of reflection — on
renewed civility, self-respect, choice, weakness and strength,
resilience, work ethic, forgiveness, purpose and, in some cases, faith.
In all the stories you will find evidence of the power of the human
spirit, driven by the capacity to adapt.
EXCERPT: FROM CO-AUTHOR AL EMID. . .
How do you question a woman who is coming to grips with child abuse many
years after the fact? How do you talk to a man whose wife has been
diagnosed with cancer? Journalists cherish the axiom that the public
has a right to know. And the public certainly does have an unassailable
right to know in matters such as abuse of the public purse, products
offered for sale in the marketplace, and the questionable activities
and judgments of elected representatives. But does the public have the
same right to know the private torments of known or unknown figures? Or
the career hassles of executives? Probably not, but the people in these
pages agreed to divulge some of their darker moments. . . because they
appreciated the purpose of this book. We set out to provide useful
narrative in hopes of telegraphing several concepts, chief among them
that most of life's crises have workable solutions.
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