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Psychiatrist Dr. Gordon Livingston, who began his medical career serving as a physician in the Vietnam War, has spent the past thirty years "listening to other people's most intimate secrets and troubles." He has also endured his own fair share of loss and sorrow-losing two of his sons, one to leukemia, another to suicide. Over many years, Livingston has come to recognize 30 truths that we all need to learn before it's too late. Some of these truths are that we are what we do; any relationship is under the control of the person who cares the least; control is a popular illusion; forgiveness is a form of letting go, the statute of limitations has expired on most of our childhood traumas. With clear-headed, beautifully crafted prose, Livingston deploys his acutely sensitive heart and brilliant mind, underscoring the commonalities that course through every individual human life.

For everyone who feels a sense of urgency about improving his or her life and is looking for wise advice on how to comprehend and navigate an increasingly complex, unsettled world, Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart will elicit laughter, tears, and a newly focused appreciation for the precious and perilous gift of life.

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"Livingston's words feel true, and his wisdom hard-earned. Among the many blithe and hollow self-help books available everywhere, this book stands out as a jewel." Publishers Weekly

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"[Gordon Livingston's] life has been touched by fire, and his motives are absolutely pure." Mark Helprin, author of A Soldier of the Great War and Winter's Tale

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After service in Vietnam as a surgeon in 1968-69, Dr. Gordon Livingston returned to the U.S. and began work as a psychiatrist. In that capacity, he has listened to people talk about their lives and the limitless ways that they have found to be unhappy. He is also a parent twice bereaved. In one thirteen-month period, he lost his eldest son to suicide, his youngest to leukemia. Out of a lifetime of experience, Livingston has extracted thirty bedrock truths: We are what we do. Any relationship is under the control of the person who cares the least. The perfect is the enemy of the good. Only bad things happen quickly. Forgiveness is a form of letting go, but they are not the same thing. The statute of limitations has expired on most of our childhood traumas. Livingston illuminates these and twenty-four others in perfectly calibrated essays, many of which emphasize our closest relationships and the things that we do to impede or enhance them. These writings underscore that "we are what we do," and that while there may be no escaping who we are, we have the capacity to face loss, misfortune, and regret, and to move beyond them.

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Psychiatrist Livingston has spent the past three decades "listening to other people's most intimate secrets and troubles." Having endured his own fair share of loss and sorrow, Livingston has come to recognize 30 truths that everyone needs to learn before it's too late.

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Livingston is a graduate of West Point and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He has been a physician since 1967.

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bindiya.fernandez, March 30, 2008 (view all comments by bindiya.fernandez)
This is the first book I've read by this author & I can vouch for the fact that I'm definitely going to read more of his books! I may not personally agree with everything he says but this is one book that will definitely make you stop & think about things that you never gave a second thought to before.

These truly are thirty things we all need to know... many of it we may have heard in different forms before but the very phrases used are enough to grab your attention & interest. If all the ideas put forth are not exactly brand new, its the wording that makes this book a worthwhile read.
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ISBN:
9781569244197
Subtitle:
Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now
Author:
Livingston, Gordon
Foreword by:
Edwards, Elizabeth
Foreword:
Edwards, Elizabeth
Author:
Edwards, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Personal Growth - General
Subject:
SELF-HELP / Personal Growth/General
Subject:
SEL031000
Subject:
Self-Help : General
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Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20041109
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
192
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725x500

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Livingston's words feel true, and his wisdom hard-earned. Among the many blithe and hollow self-help books available everywhere, this book stands out as a jewel." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "[Gordon Livingston's] life has been touched by fire, and his motives are absolutely pure."
"Synopsis" by ,
After service in Vietnam as a surgeon in 1968-69, Dr. Gordon Livingston returned to the U.S. and began work as a psychiatrist. In that capacity, he has listened to people talk about their lives and the limitless ways that they have found to be unhappy. He is also a parent twice bereaved. In one thirteen-month period, he lost his eldest son to suicide, his youngest to leukemia. Out of a lifetime of experience, Livingston has extracted thirty bedrock truths: We are what we do. Any relationship is under the control of the person who cares the least. The perfect is the enemy of the good. Only bad things happen quickly. Forgiveness is a form of letting go, but they are not the same thing. The statute of limitations has expired on most of our childhood traumas. Livingston illuminates these and twenty-four others in perfectly calibrated essays, many of which emphasize our closest relationships and the things that we do to impede or enhance them. These writings underscore that "we are what we do," and that while there may be no escaping who we are, we have the capacity to face loss, misfortune, and regret, and to move beyond them.
"Synopsis" by , Psychiatrist Livingston has spent the past three decades "listening to other people's most intimate secrets and troubles." Having endured his own fair share of loss and sorrow, Livingston has come to recognize 30 truths that everyone needs to learn before it's too late.

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