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I have probably told my story to five hundred thousand people over the years, in church basements, meeting rooms and great convention halls.
February 20th, 2015

I have probably told my story to five hundred thousand people over the years, in church basements, meeting rooms and great convention halls.

From my mail and email, I have come to learn that my story has profoundly touched the lives of a vast number of people. I have a file drawer full of letters from people who took the time to locate my address and give me their response to my book. Their letters revealed that many people seek assistance in finding happiness in their lives, and much of this assistance comes from learning that others have faced similar circumstances, and overcome them

                Not all the letters I received brought happy endings with them. One man, who had worked in social services for more than 20 year assisting others in their personal crises, found himself facing one of his own: I am in new territory for the first time. I have been unemployed for over a year… lost my relationship… lost my home and everything I felt was important to me. I have moved to a different city to ground myself again and try to rebuild. It has been the hardest thing I have ever experienced. I understand now how all those people I worked with over the years ended up where they did… it’s only my life skills and some family support that have allowed me to exist and not fall in so many ways.

I am working to get my career going but I am stuck… not sure where to go or what to do. … It’s a strange feeling – one day you’re on stage talking in front of hundreds of people, sitting at tables with CEOs, MPs and mayors, and the next day you’re a nobody.

Stories such as Bill’s convinced me to put all that I learned about handling personal crises into another book. Instead of relating stories of the things I had endured, I would explain the hard lessons I acquired while dealing with them and surviving them. More important, I would provide the means for others to follow the proven path I have trod over many years.

The above is an excerpt from Frank O’Dea’s book “Do the Next Right Thing: Surviving Life’s Crises”

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