THANK YOU, DR. DYER Remembering the Author Whose Words Changed My Life
This month, we are hopefully looking forward to an early spring! Anyone who has lived in Wisconsin for a period of time knows the winters can beat you up emotionally and physically. Two years ago, I was taking my dog
If you’ve never heard of Dr. Dyer, it’s about time I tell you his story. Young Wayne had a rough upbringing in Detroit, where he and his brother were raised as orphans after their father left them and their mother gave up
for a walk and slipped on some black ice on my asphalt driveway. I fell flat on my back and cracked two ribs. So, if you’re also feeling the pain of winter, I want to give a shoutout to the wise words of self-help author Dr. Wayne Dyer to get you to spring.
custody. Despite that adversity, he grew up to be a respected psychologist, the author of more than 40 books, over 20 of which were bestsellers, and a teacher of what his website calls “the practical psychology of self-improvement.” From book to book, his message is relentlessly positive. He assures readers like me that we have potential, and offers tips on getting in the right mindset and living in the now instead of worrying about the past or future. During my divorce, that was exactly the kind of thing I needed to hear.
My ex-wife was a big fan of Dr. Dyer, to the point that she and her close friend read all of his books and even took trips to see him in person in the early 2000s. Somehow, my son (who was 4 or 5 at the time) even got hooked on Dr. Dyer’s motivational self- help CDs. He’d pop them into his boombox and sometimes we’d even sit and listen together. I think there was something in Dr. Dyer’s voice he found soothing. For my part, I saw Dr. Dyer all the time on PBS, and even went with my ex to see him speak in person once at the Rosemont Hotel in Chicago in 2007. I was impressed by the guy — particularly by the fact that he stayed to greet every audience member and sign every book without a hint of fatigue — but I didn’t truly take his advice to heart until I rediscovered his work while going through the divorce process in 2012. Back then, I was spending a whole lot of my time in the local Barnes and Noble. I’d order a cup of tea from the cafe, grab a book, and spend 6–8 hours reading in the cozy chairs. (Those chairs aren’t there any more — probably because they caught on to mooches like me.) I probably read 15–16 books of Dr. Dyer’s over a short period of time after my eye landed on a display of his books being promoted near the cafe one day.
Dr. Dyer passed away in 2015, but I’ll always consider him the father of motivation (a title he’s regularly given). His book “Change Your Thoughts — Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao” helped me get through a year of rough times. It’s full of his modern interpretations of ancient Tao Te Ching verses, and I still read one every day — this is probably the 40th time I have been through the book — over breakfast to put myself in the right headspace for the day. I can’t recommend it more highly, though first-time readers should really go back to his first book: “Your Erroneous Zones,” published in 1976. If you’re feeling down, do yourself a favor and pick up a Dr. Wayne Dyer book or simply go to his website — DrWayneDyer.com — where you will find a daily inspirational quote attributed to Dr. Dyer to lift your spirits. He might just change your life like he did mine! Paul Francetic
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