Following is an excerpt from my book “Connecting Peace, Purpose & Prosperity”. I dedicated it to my family and told stories of how I learned various things that they would relate to. The subject is becoming more and more timely all the time.
I would bet that many parents, grandparents or others have stories to share with their family and the world about how they survive and live lives that are happy, joyuous and free. I posted this in hopes that other would pass on to their families some of what they have learned about life. Or, if you don’t have the time or inclination, check out mine as it is based on some fundamentals most of us would agree on.
PREFACE TO BOOK
I wrote this book for my family. I want to pass on to them the fundamentals of survival—for both good times and bad. My adult children seem to be doing well, but anyone is prone to surprises down the road, just as I have been. My grandchildren are very young and don’t need to make important life decisions yet, but, eventually they will need to.
The need to share my ideas with my family grew out of my observation that many people, as they go through life, lack basic survival skills. When trouble hits—like our current national
financial crisis as I write this—people get angry, adopt a victim mentality and look only toward government to help them out. Many of our problems can be solved by us, as individuals, if various approaches to problems are met head on. How to find and keep a job. Handle difficult relationships. Be open to learning new skills. Change course before the storm hits. Loosen the baggage that hinders progress. Learn to put control in the right hands. Make wise financial decisions with an eye toward the future. My own experiences have shown me that there are certain fundamentals that need to be practiced in order to survive. That is what this book is about. I believe that by constantly practicing those fundamentals we build the foundation from which we can begin our quest for peace, purpose and prosperity.
The main goal of this book is to provide a guide and inspiration for my family, but the ideas here are also for anyone struggling with making sound decisions whether related to career,
finance, or meaningful life choices. What I’m saying isn’t new; many of the principles are based on The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, and the Bible. There are also plenty of real-life accounts that reveal my attempts to make do and make better, and ultimately, how I learned to find that path to peace. I could not have found this place without the fundamentals of survival as I have come to know them.