“I’ve been so lucky. I’ve always been a happy person. Even as a child, I marveled at life, and I always liked people,” said author River Smith during a recent interview. But being a nice guy had its pitfalls, as he explains, “Being an ignorant nice guy wasn’t enough. I found the more I challenged myself to expand my vision of myself and the world, the better I felt. It became clear to me that the more I was willing to face the demons I had in any area of my life, the easier it was to turn my life into a learning, sometimes painful, growing, overall joyful experience.”
Passing the lessons along he does. Smith's reciprocating, dual process begins with deconstructing the individual, revealing the conditions which prevent the individual from becoming more loving, open and confident. The newly authentic individual is then primed to extend that selfness to others, generosity being, fortuitously, a natural inclination for happier, self-reliant people.
“The only thing I’m pretty certain about is that nothing stays certain,” comments Smith. “So I think we’re engaged in this extraordinary revolution in consciousness which is inspired by the feminist and animal rights movements, but is, of course, all about what we do each day—how we treat ourselves: can we be generous, forgiving, and accepting of ourselves.”
A Conspiracy to Love: Living a Life of Joy, Generosity, and Power is available at Amazon.Com and other online retailers. For more information, please visit the author’s website: http://www.aconspiracytolove.com/
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Smith's work as a psychologist, organizational consultant, professional workshop leader, and author/co-author of three books brings him the skill to entertain and inform an audience on topics from assertiveness strategies in the workplace and transforming our relationships with food, to men's roles, sexual harassment, and social justice issues. As a weekly commentator for a National Public Radio affiliate, an inner-city alternative high school principal, a feature writer for City News, a producer and host of the AM radio show, The Love Project, and the public access TV show, The Love and Justice Report, River Smith has learned much about life, love, and how to maximize effectiveness and happiness in ourselves, our families, our jobs, and our communities.
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