Too Soon Old Too Late Smart [NOOK Book]

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After service in Vietnam as a surgeon in 1968-69, Dr. Gordon Livingston returned to the U.S. and began work as a psychiatrist. In that capacity, he has listened to people talk about their lives and the limitless ways that they have found to be unhappy. He is also a parent twice bereaved. In one thirteen-month period, he lost his eldest son to suicide, his youngest to leukemia.

Out of a lifetime of experience, Livingston has extracted thirty ...
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Overview

After service in Vietnam as a surgeon in 1968-69, Dr. Gordon Livingston returned to the U.S. and began work as a psychiatrist. In that capacity, he has listened to people talk about their lives and the limitless ways that they have found to be unhappy. He is also a parent twice bereaved. In one thirteen-month period, he lost his eldest son to suicide, his youngest to leukemia.

Out of a lifetime of experience, Livingston has extracted thirty bedrock truths: We are what we do. Any relationship is under the control of the person who cares the least. The perfect is the enemy of the good. Only bad things happen quickly. Forgiveness is a form of letting go, but they are not the same thing. The statute of limitations has expired on most of our childhood traumas. Livingston illuminates these and twenty-four others in perfectly calibrated essays, many of which emphasize our closest relationships and the things that we do to impede or enhance them. These writings underscore that "we are what we do," and that while there may be no escaping who we are, we have the capacity to face loss, misfortune, and regret, and to move beyond them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786732265
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 4/29/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 97,554
  • File size: 269 KB

Meet the Author


Gordon Livingston, M.D., a graduate of West Point and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has been a physician since 1967. He is a psychiatrist and writer who contributes frequently to the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Baltimore Sun, and Reader’s Digest. Awarded the Bronze Star for valor in Vietnam, he is the author of two other books, And Never Stop Dancing and Only Spring: On Mourning the Death of My Son. He lives and works in Columbia, Maryland.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2005

    Help for the Struggle We Call Life

    Though the 'things' presented in this book may sound familiar to someone in his/her later life, they have the ring of many discussions I have had with my angst-ridden 17-year-old daughter. The book is affirming to a parent trying to raise a healthy-minded child while still going through his own challenges! I love the affirming quality of the writing, not preachy, not patronizing, but very objective.

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

    LISTEN!

    Makes you look at your life and how you have and are living it. Very worthwhile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2006

    A materpiece of Wisdom and Knowing where the Buck stops

    This book is a wonderful, insightful report of a journey of a therapist's life and his conclusions about our choices and reactions to them. I so applaud his 'the buck stops here' attitude in taking responsibility for our own actions. A total must read--please bring kleenex, you will need it time and time again as this books jogs your own reflections of life!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2005

    Taking Responsibility

    Each chapter of this book talks about about a different area of hardship we all encounter throughout our lives. Taking responsibility for your actions is a theme throughout. I like the writing as it makes you think about causes and effect of choices in life, which is something many of us do not think enough about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2005

    The Examined Life

    TOO SOON OLD, TOO LATE SMART is a brief compendium of an experienced therapist¿s accumulated wisdom, honed both by his work with his patients and by his own experiences with extraordinary personal loss. Each short chapter discusses a truth about how to negotiate the emotional and interpersonal dilemmas with which we all must deal in our journey through life. A common thread throughout the book is the author¿s belief in our responsibility for our choices and their consequences. Within this context, he debunks the validity of widely accepted clinical entities such as Dissociative Identity Disorder and Adult Attention Deficit Disorder that he believes are often used as excuses to mitigate responsibility for behavior. While at times opinionated, Dr. Livington¿s work contains enough pearls of wisdom to instruct the lives of any reader willing to undertake the self-examination and self-discipline essential to living a full and satisfying life.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

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    Observationally based book

    with some thoughts that are hard to replicate

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