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"I have no memory of not living in troubled times. It is the norm, and yet difficult and troubled times can be a source of optimism. For it is through diversity of thought and unsettled human activity that inspiration for change may be found. Within these pages, you will find raw, yet thoroughly grounded stories that inspire and give hope. Each of these 147 lessons comes from a lifetime of experience, both in theory and practice. Each has been tested in the laboratory of human conflict. Each has great value. Troubled times require concentration and focus on doing what is right. Those who stay the course will succeed." - Bill Emslie, past Rotary Foundation District Governor and retired Captain from the U.S. Navy
"Learning life's lessons is, as the subtitle promises, an inspirational guide for dealing with ad- versity in troubled times. Organized as a practical month-by-month guide, it draws on the ex- periences of many notable historical gures, athletes, politicians, scientists, who have faced challenges and triumphed, just as we might in our own lives. Hope and resilience do not come easily, but there are skills and strategies that can be learned and practiced. Notable is the em- phasis on peace as more than just the absence of war, but an achievement of ethical commitment and sustained focus." - Allen Dyer, PhD & MD, author of several leading texts on medi- cal ethics and a consultant for communities around the world struggling with trauma.