ALL STORMS PASS – “The Problem Is Not Really the Problem”February 2, 2012
All Storms Pass by Luke Benoit, 2011
Createspace, 638 pages, $21.95
It will seem hard not to come across as making fun of this book. The author is a “certified” life coach, hypnotist, and advocates something called “anti-meditation.” And, for a reviewer in Wisconsin, when someone talks about “surfing past your emotions” and “checking the cheap drama at the door,” he knows Benoit is living in California.
Read all at once, these little one-page fortune cookies seem disposable, but wait… There are two players here, the author and the reader. And as a reader, thinking about one or two of these a day, I found I could provide my own context to each and come away with something meaningful. Sometimes dark, sometimes insightful these “All Storms Pass” allows us to consider the choices that make us who we are.
Ultimately, I am happy to have the book in my hands for what is going on in my life right now. And the right reader, at the right time and place will also feel this way. But that reader needs to be of an accepting mind.
We all accept or reject truth differently. Here’s my poem on the subject:
Each of my dogs swallows truth differently. Old
Flaubert, with caution, pawing at it first, before
he takes a bite. Gatsby gulps all that’s offered
then spits out what he doesn’t want. And Kafka,
who’s part wolf, will only eat when no other dogs
are in the room. Sometimes this means he gets
merely what is left. Or is finding truth rejecting
what others will accept?
To buy directly from Amazon for $21.95, click: All Storms Pass: the Anti-Meditations