I love hearing from readers from around the world.
In England, my book is called, "Life's Little Detours: 50 Lessons to Find and Hold onto Happiness." A reader there recently sent this email:
"I bought your book - Life's Little Detours - in a superb bookshop in England. I couldn't put your book down and I will buy a second copy for Christmas for a dear friend of mine.
"My marriage broke down in 2010 and I had to leave behind a woman I thought I'd grow old with, and most importantly, three wonderful kids; albeit they are all adults. I can't say that the challenges I've faced in my life have been as personally traumatic as yours....I've generally enjoyed good physical health and that, together with a fairly positive outlook has kept me going.
"That said, I've sometimes visited that dark place in the mind when I felt alone, defeated, unwanted and spent. My (ex) wife and I lost a baby son 25 years ago; I lost a job I loved 3 years ago and then lost the woman I had loved for over 30 years.
"However, I found a strength in myself and received wonderful support from family and those close friends who mostly reveal themselves and their true nature when you're struggling with life's occasional hardships. I also belatedly realised that actually I'm a good guy and have a lot going for me.
"Despite countless 'knockbacks' and a few false starts I decided that if I couldn’t land the job I wanted and needed, I'd create it. So I now run my own small business. It's a struggle but I'm still fighting. My self-esteem and confidence are growing but I've come to understand that these aspects are largely in my hands.
"In recent years I've read a select number of 'Self-Help' and popular psychology books and in truth I've taken something from just about all of them. Your 'little gem' of a book is right up there with the best of them. You're right of course, Life isn't tied with a bow, but it IS a GIFT.
"A long time ago a friend gave me a little card containing the following observation; "Every day is a good day; if you don't believe that, just try missing one." Thank you for being you and sharing the stories. Best Wishes, Chris."
Thank you, Chris, for sharing that gem of a lesson. Every day is a good one.