Reason to Carry On, A
A hand comes out to pick you up, you get up, fall down again, but the hand is always there.
Henry, a cockney arsonist and psychopath, was the catalyst to Vony’s enlightenment. Ironically, she started out as the teacher and ended up as Eliza Doolittle, the naïve student. Perhaps Henry’s unwitting mission was to help others by telling their story.
Angry at a God following the death of a sibling, Vony initially rejected religion. Eventually she realized that religion, science and philosophy are compatible; without investigating them all, the answer to a meaningful life would be incomplete.
As an exercise therapist teaching classes for psychiatric offenders, as well as in nursing homes for people living out their final furlong, Vony met Henry. In her work she encountered individuals of all ages with mental, physical and emotional disabilities in contrast to socializing with the rich and famous. She sought to understand them all through a looking glass of behavioral psychology, Bible studies, philosophy, poetry, Eastern religions, spiritualists, psychics and astrologers.
Whatever their weaknesses or limitations, everyone is similar at their core, and the same universal, simple truths apply to finding a meaningful life for them all.
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An inspiring book giving hope and meaning to ex-offenders and those who face challenges from their upbringing and childhood.Through dance Vony enables people to find their voice and express their emotions to meet the challenges and struggles to build a better foundation to thrive in Society. ~ Prof. Dr. Debora Elijah, neuropsychologistElijah Social Cognitive Skills Centre London.
Right from the start of the book I was impressed by how knowledgeable the author in the workings of the human psyche. Her journey towards understanding the meaning life brought her close to a multitude of individuals who had gone through grief and adverse conditions. Yvonne’s dedication to them, as a physical therapist with in depth knowledge of psychology, not only helped a great many of them overcome their difficulties but also gave her a deep appreciation of how these particular individuals got to that specific point in their lives and how they coped, or not, with their problems... The author’s life being full of strange almost metaphysical coincidences has served her well in her quest for the meaning of life. Admirable. ~ Doreen Wells, Marchioness of Londonderry, former Principal Dancer Royal Ballet
Thank you so much for sharing your work with me. I am afraid I am a little busy at present because of the work that goes with publishing a book ( you will find this out yourself!); and I therefore can’t commit to reading your book at this stage; not least because I would like to do it justice. I did read a few pages at different points and I see your compassion and thoughtfulness. Congratulations on writing your book and getting it published; I hope you have as much help from your editors as I did mine. ~ Dr. Gwen Adshead, Consultant forensic psychiatrist and psychotherapist and author