Chapter 16 is entitled “Snow.” It’s not really about snow, but about the importance of our own personal passions. In it, I mention some very dear people — my sister, Julie, and my late friend, Ben. At 2:00 in the video, I also provide a list of things people are passionate about, and you might be one of the folks who inspired that list!
Chapter 17, “Change,” includes a thought experiment about tattoos and nose rings. In it, I quote a very wise man, Jim D’Ambrosia, whose writing about cancer led Frank Lloyd Bear to see himself differently.
These are two of my favorite chapters, on “Joy” and “Being.” If you were only going to read one chapter in the entire book, it should be Chapter 15: Being. It is the one I read at public-speaking engagements, and it has the single most important message.
Every time I see Mease Dunedin Hospital, I remember the kindness of the people who took care of my father there. Over the course of seven months, I interacted with hundreds of caring staff members, from the emergency room staff — who got used to seeing me every month or two — to the ICU nurse who kept him alive, to the young man who cleaned his room.
Since my Dad passed away last year, I haven’t seen those folks, but with the hospital across the street, they’re never far from my mind. I decided to create a sign to post in my window, to let them know they are appreciated. I made the signs available in PDF format, so you can post one for the medical workers in your neighborhood, too!
This morning, Frank Lloyd Bear and I decided to use our coronavirus quarantine time productively. We sat down to record the first couple of chapters of The Joyful Bear. The book has 31 chapters, some of them hilariously short, so we expect to be done in a couple of weeks.