Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life, How to Get Through Life's Holes Without Getting Stuck in Them

Review of "The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life, How to Get Through Life's Holes Without Getting Stuck in Them" by Judith A. Belmont, MS and Lora Shor, LSW.
I received a complimentary copy of this e-book to read and review from the authors. The opinions are my own.
The acknowledgements tell a lot of the authors of this book and you can personally get to know something about them. Both authors are speakers and counselors.
The purpose of this book is to help one get their lives together, no matter how you feel about what is happening to you or those you love and know. We all have our ups and downs.
The chapters are The Ten Digestible Slices of Life.
Chapter One: An Introduction to Swiss...With All Its Holes.
Chapter Two: First Slice; Fondue Can Never Turn Back Into a Block of Cheese. Giving Up the Habit of Regret.
Chapter Three: Second Slice; There is No Such Thing as a Perfect Slice of Cheese. Transforming Mistakes and Failure Into Success.
Chapter Four: Third Slice; No Whine With the Cheese, Please! Healthy Thinking for Life!
Chapter Five: Fourth Slice; If the Cheese is Ripe, DIG IN! Be proactive, Not Reactive!
Chapter Six: Fifth Slice; Living Whole Despite the Holes! Mindful and Spirituality
Chapter Seven: Sixth Slice; Enjoy the Wine and Cheese Party! Making People Connections
Chapter Eight: Seventh Slice; Cheese Lite! Welcoming Wellness for a Healthier YOU!
Chapter Nine: Eighth Slice; The Cheese Wheel of Life- How Do You Slice It? Achieving Life Balance.
Chapter Ten: Ninth Slice; Mastering the Cheese Wheel of Change! How to Be a Stress Manager...and NOT a Stress Carrier!
Chapter Eleven: Tenth Slice; Smile and Say Cheese! Forgiveness, Gratitude and Optimism.
Chapter Twelve: An Extra Slice; You Can't Miss With the Swiss! Final Words From Our Guides.
There are many quotes from people of all walks of life. Some are Ghandi, John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Robert Louis Stevenson, William Shakespeare, Julia Child, Helen Keller, Plato and Henry Ford. Two quotes I chose : "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why they call it the present" from Eleanor Roosevelt and "Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs" from Henry Ford.
There are color cartoons mainly from Randy Glasbergen that certainly adds to the book and it gives the book a sense of humor.
This book has three "personalities" that speak to the readers. The Swiss Wiz which is usually wisdom, the Swiss Cheese Fairy of Life that is comforting and the Stinky Cheese that is negative. The Stinky Cheese says "Misery Loves Company".
The following are some notes I took as I read:
1. Opportunity is NOWHERE. What do you see as the reader? Opportunity is NOW HERE or Opportunity is NO WHERE?
2."I" is in Illness and "W" is in Wellness.
3. Even small steps can get you to your goal if you move forward.
4. Jack LaLanne began the fitness center we know as Ballys.
5. Serve others, smile and give of yourself.
6. Stress is not good or bad, it just IS.
7. Spend 15 minutes a day reading something positive.
8. Add a Smiley sticker to things.
9. Put a can on your desk or table to show you can.
10. Happiness is a choice.
I enjoyed this book very much. It is a good book to give as a present to one that needs some help.
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I want to thank the authors, Judith Belmont and Lora Shor for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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Leona Olson

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