Alice Hoffman Survival Lessons
Wow. Wow. Wow. Last night I read Alice Hoffman’s new book Survival Lessons. I may read it again tonight…and tomorrow night. Please don’t give me credit for being a speed reader. The book is all of 83 pages – with photos! These 83 pages are packed with wisdom, hope and inspiration. This is NOT a saccharine, Pollyanna-ish kind of feel-good book. Nope. It’s real. So very real.
Survival Lessons began as a letter that Alice Hoffman wrote to herself when she needed instructions on how to find joy during her treatment for breast cancer. Yes, yet another FBC diagnosis. But the Silver Lining is that this book became a tribute to those she has loved and lost, and to those who have survived against all odds.
The lessons are all about choosing. So many of you know that I’m ALL about choice. The Silver Lining of a bad day or stunning medical diagnosis is that we all have a choice about how we will respond. When we cannot control the what we can control the how.
Here are her 20 lessons:
- Choose your heroes
- Choose to enjoy yourself
- Choose your friends
- Choose whose advice you take
- Choose your relatives
- Choose how you spend your time
- Choose to plan for the future
- Choose to love who you are
- Choose to accept sorrow
- Choose to dream
- Choose something new
- Choose to give in to yourself
- Choose to make beautiful things
- Choose to tell your own story
- Choose to forgive
- Choose to claim your past
- Choose to be yourself
- Choose to share
- Choose love
- Choose the evidence
Please let these sink in. Sit with them. Let them percolate. They are why I will be reading and re-reading this book over and over and over again!
Though this is a personal book, it is a book that transcends her life and applies to us ALL. After all, as Alice says, “When it comes to sorrow, no one is immune.”
I haven’t jumped up and down for a book in a long time. I am jumping. Please buy this book for you AND for a friend. It will be a true gift for you BOTH!