July 21st, 2011
And now I can say I’ve made the journey around the world. The long story – complete with pictures – can be found in my online diary. (Click here: Facebook, Bounce Off the Rocks). The short story is: 102 days, ten countries, five continents, two emergency trips to hospital and one heart overflowing with gratitude for the hundreds of people I met along the way.
Upon my return home I completed the revision of my non-fiction manuscript Bounce Off the Rocks: Tell Your Story and Thrive After Crisis.
Last year I interviewed seventy people about how they coped after a major life crisis. Their stories – raw, flawed and brilliant – taught me what it really means to be human.
Bounce Off the Rocks: Tell Your Story and Thrive After Crisis invites readers to:
• listen to those stories
• look at their own coping styles
• tell their crisis stories – and thrive
In late 2009 I found myself starting over in a new town after a crisis of my own. I turned to others for insight. Unexpectedly, the interview itself became the centrepiece. People reported a sense of wholeness, forgiveness or accomplishment after telling their stories.
Bounce Off the Rocks eliminates blame, elevates the art of listening and encourages a return to what Maslow called, simply, becoming “a happy human being.” Between each chapter is a page or two about my crisis. Click here to read an excerpt from the manuscript, a memorable moment I experienced in Australia.