The real life story of Pauline Robinson. Torn between the pleas for help from her dying father, and the never-ending demands of her mentally ill husband, Pauline was desperate to support them both. The thought of abandoning either of the men she loved racked her body with pain. To her husband Pauline was the enemy as he struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder associated with Vietnam. To her father she was a daughter who adored him since childhood. What am I to do? ... she challenged the empty night air as she sat huddled on the back step. Tears burning her face she demanded of the silence that surrounded her. Why have I been put in the position where I cannot help those I love? Am I being punished? What have I done to deserve such pain? Has your life been awash with fear and uncertainty? You go through the motions of living but your unfilled heart beats to a song of universal abandonment. Have you asked the question mankind has asked of the cosmos for millennium ... Why are we here? What is life all about? When we are in despair there seems no way out, yet the Human Spirit is like a diamond forged under great pressure and is destined to shine. Pauline's questions were answered once she acknowledged that life is a journey to come to know oneself. Her challenges in life became a milestone to look back upon; as lessons learnt enabled her to shine once more and to grow in love, compassion and understanding of self.
Triumph of Joy is a riveting read- I could not put it down. It shows how one can grow through adversity and in the process, discover the most unexpected and enjoyable aspects of our inner self. A remarkable story by an inspiring woman .It will definitely provide encouragement and support to many of us facing personal struggles. Thank you.
Sue Larkin. Sue’s Healing Haven . Concord. Sydney.
What a brave lady you are for sharing this story. And what excellent writing skills you have. I feel people who read this book will change in all they share with others. I know I have changed already and am more prepared to open the curtains a little wider. Hopefully I will be more supportive to others who may close their curtains on their sorrows. Thank you.
There is appoint at which we have to stop being locked in our pain, a point at which we have to say-“that sad story no longer defines me.
” But how do we do that? How did Pauline ultimately triumph? How did she transmute pain into joy? This book will show you how she did it. For those who have read Triumph of Joy you will know how special this book is. For those of you who haven’t, today is your chance to find out. You are in for an extraordinary journey. Thank you Pauline for helping me to be brave.
Kimberly O’Sullivan . Historian Waverley Library. NSW