About The Book: In the process of compiling material for my book, Encouraging Words, I came upon some older posts I had written. And when I took that road trip down memory lane, I was surprised to see how many of them dealt with with heartbreak, forgiveness, overcoming adversity, staying positive in a negative environment, and reaching out to help others who were struggling. And in looking back, I am not surprised as to why.
At that time of my life, I was dealing with the perfect storm of emotional challenges. I was going through a terrible break up with a woman I loved. I lost three steady business clients practically overnight and saw all my future projects evaporate. And I was coping with a family member who was in crisis and I didn't know how or if I could help them.
I will not lie to you. It was a very disheartening, depressing and debilitating period of life. But through prayer, personal development, good counsel, and a host of positive influences, I was able to make some good, joy, laughter and wisdom come from all of it. And it is my hope that by sharing those revelations and observations from that time that I will be able to help someone who is traveling down a similar rough road today.
About The Disclaimer: I am not a trained therapist, nor do I play one on TV. So the thoughts, observations, opinion, humor and suggestions given here are strictly from my heart and personal experience and are not meant to serve as medical or psychological advice. And because there are times when hurting people need more than just our caring words and best intentions, it is important to understand our limitations. Therefore if you are not a trained therapist, you shouldn’t try to diagnose or cure anyone as it could become more harmful than helpful. If you feel someone needs outside resources, here’s a list that you might want to offer them as a starting place.
About Me: When I'm not authoring Encouraging Words or gathering Stories From The Road Les Traveled, I am a Dad, Granddad, writer, photographer, marketer and trainer who calls Arizona home. To learn more, see my Blog, Books, Gigs and Photos at www.LesManess.com.
About The Photos: Unless otherwise indicated, all photographs were taken by and are the exclusive copyrighted property of Les Maness (AKA LesManess.com). To purchase photos or the rights to publish images or content, please contact me at lesmaness at gmail.com.
About The Dates: I created this book with Weebly's website builder blogging program, so I had to manually reorder the blog dates so they would read in proper sequence. So please ignore the dates under each header as they do not pertain to the actual start date, March 1, 2018 and completion date, November 20, 2019.
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