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From a near hanging at the hands of a bully as a child in the ’60s to a lightning strike in the ’80s to catastrophic illness and a near-death trip into the “Bright Light” in 1990, and other calamities in between and since, award-winning motivational speaker, executive coach and author¬†Kelly Standing¬†is clearly a survivor.
But, in her new book,¬†I’m Still Standing: How One Woman’s Brushes with Death Taught Her How To Live, Standing emerges not only “still standing,” but living more fully ‚Äď a message she conveys through life lessons that prompt laughter, tears, occasional anger and lingering reflection.¬† The author provides a philosophical road map that helps readers laugh, persevere and even thrive through and beyond life’s landmines.
Standing writes, “While you hear¬†my¬†memories in¬†my¬†voice with¬†my¬†inflection, I have no doubt your¬†own memories will bubble to the surface in¬†your¬†voice,¬†if¬†you let them¬†… and you might just see them in a new way. You might find peace where you once felt panic. You might see possibilities where you once saw only pain.”
Standing invites readers to discover how it looks, feels, sounds and even how it smells and tastes:
“More than anything, I wrote this book hoping to help people. If readers already have a great life, my stories can make them feel even better and help them consider what’s left on their Bucket Lists,” notes Standing. “If, on the other hand, readers face adversity, they know I can relate. They’re not alone.¬†Everything is wired for good. Find the good. Look for the good.¬†And¬†… If you don’t get what you want, find a way to love what you get anyway.”
For more information about¬†Kelly Standing¬†and the book, including a Reading Guide for Book Clubs, visitwww.imstillstandingbook.com.
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