If you found out today that you were going to die within the next two weeks, what would you do?
And how would your life be suddenly changed?
Would you quit your job? Who would you go see? Who would you forgive? Would anyone's opinion of you still matter? How would your food taste? Would you finally make the time to work on your bucket list?
Or would you spend your last days in anguish, filled with regret for all of the wasted time, selfishly praying for immortality?
What would you leave behind?
Death is a natural part of living. And I not only want to live well, but I plan on dying well. No tears. No pain. No regrets. I want to celebrate life fully now, and on my death bed be surrounded by the ones I love most...laughing, sharing memories, and just being grateful for a life well-lived.
And part of the reality that I may die at any moment inspired me to write this book for my children (and grandchildren), and it's a project that I've been working on for a long, long time. Luckily, life has graciously given me time to complete the work.
I have made many mistakes in my life. I realize that the title "Do As I Say, Not As I Do" is a hypocritical statement, but it refers to my desire to help prevent others from repeating the same mistakes. I do pretty well on most days, but there are some days that I stumble through like a blundering idiot. I tell myself that a mistake is another name for a "learning experience," but some of these can be quite painful to live through.
This book is an itemized list, a reference guide of sorts, containing thoughts and ideas that are deep and yet simple. You won't find a lot of fluff, but direct and to-the-point notes to think about and consider. Told through my artwork, philosophy, poetry, and humor, you will find advice and wisdom on courage, loving yourself, facing problems, the creative process, relationships, compassion, the gift of giving, and living a fulfilling life (among other things). That's a lot to cover in such a small book, eh?
There's also a set of 100 life questions that we should all ask ourselves and answer before we die (with room to write and draw).
I believe this book is valuable, but there is a chance that it may not be for you. I haven't held back or sugar-coated anything. You might not agree with everything I have written, and there's even a chance you'll be offended by the language and artwork included in the book. Worst of all, you may not get my sense of humor. That's OK.
Regardless, please do not waste your short life being unhappy.
Spend life actively pursuing your dreams, being generous, and working to improve yourself and the world around you. Be the person you were born to be. You will make loads of mistakes in your lifetime, but each one will always make you a better person.
And do not let anyone stand in your way.
Visit the book's website at doasisaybook.com for previews and a sample of the book.
|Publisher:||Barnes & Noble Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.56(d)|
About the Author
I am an artist, writer, designer, and web developer living in Cincinnati, Ohio. My artwork has been evolving over the years...from concise ideas of what to create, into allowing random sequences of thoughts take shape and letting the art create itself. I rarely describe the meaning behind my art -- I prefer my work to be wide open for interpretation. Feelings and meaning over a piece of art can evolve over time, but if I define a piece for someone with my own meaning, I might also prevent this evolution from happening and change how someone connects with the art. Life has taught me that creating art for money or recognition goes against my nature, and this direction has always left me with feelings of self-disgust and frustration (and usually a long-lasting creative block). It took me a while to figure this out, and now I create my artwork solely for the process itself and try not to worry so much about the finished piece.