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by Dr. Dana Iyer on July 15th, 2013
“What will your blog be about?” my patient Christine, a writer, had asked me recently. “Most blogs are about the writer or an aspect of their life or interests.”
I hadn’t given much thought to what I wanted to write about, having been more focused on why I wanted to write. In my office I reach only one person, one soul at a time. Through this blog my hope was to reach many more. Christine’s question helped me to consider how I wanted to do that.
In accepting the 2013 Oscar for best picture for Argo Ben Affleck had said, “…it doesn’t matter how you get knocked down in life because that’s going to happen. All that matters is you gotta get up.”
His words stayed with me, they reminded me of the Japanese quote I had shared with Christine when her book was turned down by the third publisher, ‘Fall down 7 times, stand up 8.’
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