Professor of Pain

Professor of Pain

by David Earle, Laci Talley

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This book is not about rocket science but simple teachings that can help you navigate through the maze of life. The poem Professor of Pain expands upon a simple formula: embrace the suffering knowing the grieving you experience is about having something you desperately want and lost or having something you never possessed and earnestly desire. That lack you experience is the reality of life. Until you hug the Professor of Pain and accept life as it is – not as you want it to be, discontentment will be your constant companion.

My writings are not meant to persuade but to offer opportunities for different thinking, challenging your views of addiction, recovery, and spirituality. The respective addictions of my children provided the reason for me to change and begin a recovery program; that horrific experience caused me to write many poems attempting to find life’s simple truths that had so long eluded me. You may not be wiser after this than you were before, but I think you may be inspired and changed.

Within these pages are four seemingly disparate topics: Terror of Addiction; Choose to Change, Choose to Heal; and Choose to Believe. Although these various topics may seem disconnected, Tom Owen-Towle told me after he read this manuscript, “Indeed, we are all in need of some sort of recovery, in the profoundest sense.” Although some readers are recovering from drug addiction, compulsive gambling, or alcoholism, we all have some unhealed hurt. Perhaps a better description of recovery is healing; we all have areas of tenderness and need the warm glow of healing. Included in these topics, you will witness the pain of my personal experience coupled with the simple understandings I learned. My misery has now turned into healing.

This book is unique, not just because I wrote it and you are reading it, but because of the combination of poetry and prose composed into various snapshots of my life. Here, I tell the story of what I was experiencing, what I learned and the feelings associated with the many events captured on these pages. Share my adventures as you read the Professor of Pain; it promises to make you cry, get mad, and laugh.

You may call Professor of Pain a poetry book that includes a self-help guide or maybe a life-lesson book punctuated by poetry; you will have to decide.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015379303
Publisher: David Earle
Publication date: 09/06/2012
Series: Live Poets' Society
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 177 KB

About the Author

David W. Earle, LPC has extensive experience in executive management in industrial construction. He now combines this experience with the human relations skills of a professional counselor. He is a business coach, author, teacher, trainer, mental health counselor, and alternative dispute professional.

Earle earned a Master’s of Science from Texas A&M and has held executive management positions in various fields including industrial construction, private investment banking, and corporate troubleshooting. He is now the president of the Earle Company, an organization dedicated to change.

He has co-authored two books on leadership: Leadership - Helping Others Succeed and Extreme Leadership. His latest book is What To Do While You Count To 10. This book is about the management of strong emotions, a critical skill for all leaders as well as successful living. For two years, he had a column in business and industry magazine called Supervisory Skills and is a regular contributor to Alliance Magazine on leadership topics. In the next few months, his trilogy of the Live Poets Society will be published in three different books: Professor of Pain, Iron Mask, and Red Roses ‘n Pinstripes.

Earle has been on the panel as a mediator and/or arbitrator for various organizations such as U.S. Federal Court-Middle District, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Financial Industry Regulator Authority (FINRA), Natural Futures Association (NFA), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Louisiana Supreme Court. He was on the faculty of the University of Phoenix for over 10 years.

His trademarked motto is My Life Will Change When I Change™. He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, Penny, and their dog, Fletcher, and cat, Hobbes.

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