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.
About the Author
Gordon Livingston, M.D., a graduate of West Point and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has been a physician since 1967. He is a psychiatrist and writer who contributes frequently to the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Baltimore Sun, and Reader’s Digest. Awarded the Bronze Star for valor in Vietnam, he is the author of two other books, And Never Stop Dancing and Only Spring: On Mourning the Death of My Son. He lives and works in Columbia, Maryland.
"Baltimore Sun" 4/13/08
"The slim book by Columbia-based psychiatrist Gordon Livingston has been a source of inspiration for many."
"The author creates an aura of wisdom about a great many things."
Quincy Jones, "Details" Online
"I'm just a musician and a record producer. I'm not a psychiatrist. I don't understand all that stuff. We all got problems. But there's a great book out called "Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart". Did you see that? That book says the statute of limitations has expired on all childhood traumas. Get your stuff together and get on with your life, man."
"Arkansas Democrat-Gazette", 1/20/2010
"Palm Beach Post", 11/28/10
"A book I not only like but respect."
"Palm Beach"" Post", 12/9/10
"[An] excellent self-help book."
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 4th March 2008
Dimensions (cm): 18.5 x 12.7 x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.186