This is a shameless plug for my own book, which is not even about dogs.
But it is about tough times and seems appropriate for the year 2020.
The Stockdale Paradox
Retain faith that you will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties
and at the same time,
confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.
I found Admiral Stockdale and the Stockdale Paradox at a time when my life was spinning out of control.
I figured if it could get him through seven years as a prisoner of war, it might help me too. And it did.
Admiral Stockdale faced unbearable uncertainty. Once the commander of ships, suddenly he was subject to the whims of his captors. He never knew when he or one of his men would be hurt. And he could do nothing to stop it.
Wait, does this sound like a pandemic?
Can’t go where you want? Don’t know where the hurt might come from? Or who it will affect?
Hmm. Admiral Stockdale may have some wisdom for us.
I experimented with ways to apply this philosophical paradox to my own life.
I sought out examples of other, lesser known heroes who also overcame adversity. Studied how they did it. Finally I distilled all this into 10 steps that you can take to prevail in your current situation. And wrote a book about it called “Quiet Courage. Conquering Fear and Despair with the Stockdale Paradox”
It is filled with small actionable steps because small is often all we can manage.
It is filled with stories of everyday heroes because we all need inspiration.
It is filled with hope, because we need that most of all.
You can even request it from your library as it is available to them through Hoopla or Overdrive. (You have to make your request to the library as you would for any purchase suggestion.)
Thus concludes my shameless plug. (That wasn’t so bad was it?)
© Copyright Suzanne Grosser