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Professor of Pain

Professor of Pain

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by David Earle
     
 
This book is not about rocket science but simple teachings that can help you navigate through the maze of life. The poem Professor of Pain expands upon a simple formula: embrace the suffering knowing the grieving you experience is about having something you desperately want and lost or having something you never possessed and earnestly desire. That lack you experience

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This book is not about rocket science but simple teachings that can help you navigate through the maze of life. The poem Professor of Pain expands upon a simple formula: embrace the suffering knowing the grieving you experience is about having something you desperately want and lost or having something you never possessed and earnestly desire. That lack you experience is the reality of life. Until you hug the Professor of Pain and accept life as it is – not as you want it to be, discontentment will be your constant companion.

My writings are not meant to persuade but to offer opportunities for different thinking, challenging your views of addiction, recovery, and spirituality. The respective addictions of my children provided the reason for me to change and begin a recovery program; that horrific experience caused me to write many poems attempting to find life’s simple truths that had so long eluded me. You may not be wiser after this than you were before, but I think you may be inspired and changed.

Within these pages are four seemingly disparate topics: Terror of Addiction; Choose to Change, Choose to Heal; and Choose to Believe. Although these various topics may seem disconnected, Tom Owen-Towle told me after he read this manuscript, “Indeed, we are all in need of some sort of recovery, in the profoundest sense.” Although some readers are recovering from drug addiction, compulsive gambling, or alcoholism, we all have some unhealed hurt. Perhaps a better description of recovery is healing; we all have areas of tenderness and need the warm glow of healing. Included in these topics, you will witness the pain of my personal experience coupled with the simple understandings I learned. My misery has now turned into healing.

This book is unique, not just because I wrote it and you are reading it, but because of the combination of poetry and prose composed into various snapshots of my life. Here, I tell the story of what I was experiencing, what I learned and the feelings associated with the many events captured on these pages. Share my adventures as you read the Professor of Pain; it promises to make you cry, get mad, and laugh.

You may call Professor of Pain a poetry book that includes a self-help guide or maybe a life-lesson book punctuated by poetry; you will have to decide.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015379303
Publisher:
David Earle
Publication date:
09/06/2012
Series:
Live Poets' Society
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
177 KB

Meet the Author

David W. Earle, LPC has extensive experience in executive management in industrial construction. He now combines this experience with the human relations skills of a professional counselor. He is a business coach, author, teacher, trainer, mental health counselor, and alternative dispute professional.

Earle earned a Master’s of Science from Texas A&M and has held executive management positions in various fields including industrial construction, private investment banking, and corporate troubleshooting. He is now the president of the Earle Company, an organization dedicated to change.

He has co-authored two books on leadership: Leadership - Helping Others Succeed and Extreme Leadership. His latest book is What To Do While You Count To 10. This book is about the management of strong emotions, a critical skill for all leaders as well as successful living. For two years, he had a column in business and industry magazine called Supervisory Skills and is a regular contributor to Alliance Magazine on leadership topics. In the next few months, his trilogy of the Live Poets Society will be published in three different books: Professor of Pain, Iron Mask, and Red Roses ‘n Pinstripes.

Earle has been on the panel as a mediator and/or arbitrator for various organizations such as U.S. Federal Court-Middle District, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Financial Industry Regulator Authority (FINRA), Natural Futures Association (NFA), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Louisiana Supreme Court. He was on the faculty of the University of Phoenix for over 10 years.

His trademarked motto is My Life Will Change When I Change™. He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, Penny, and their dog, Fletcher, and cat, Hobbes.

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D_Donovan More than 1 year ago
Professor of Pain closely follows What to Do While You Count to Ten, and continues the process begun in Love is Not Enough - for yes; by now it's evident that this series of interconnected books is about a process, not a singular subject. Although one could argue that the nature of this process could have been condensed under one cover, it will be fairly evident why this should not have happened when absorbing this book's weighty combination of case history examples, step-by-step program discussions, and literary admonitions that often take the form of free-verse poetry. It's an unusual mix: poetry and psychology. The combination may disappoint literary bastions of the poetic form who seek precise iambic pentameters in their works and eschew the unrestricted flow of free verse. But, Professor of Pain aims, through a combination of poetic observation and psychological insight, to break through these paradoxes and reveal the underlying layers of intimacy and spirituality that are often glossed over - and dominated - by destructive family additions, habits, and dysfunction. Embracing the recovery process can also threaten loved ones who have a vested interest in (or too-comfortable familiarity with) those engrained routines, as Professor of Pain teaches. Poets seeking solid poetic structure will be disappointed in the loosely structured free verse intended to reveal and focus on emotion, while psychologists looking for a linear program outline will be dismayed by Earle's winding blend of autobiography and reflective thinking - but those experiencing their own form of self-confrontation and change will find Professor of Pain an unassuming, precise definition of this process, and will be drawn to it like moths to a flame.