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Book Title: Balcony People|
The author of the book: Joyce Landorf Heatherley
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Edition: Balcony Publishing, Inc.
Date of issue: November 29th 2007
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A very short book, and I mean less than 70 pages, but filled with lots of meaning. Based on the concept that people need affirmation in their lives to value themselves. And we get affirmation from others, and it is also our job to affirm others in return. Says there are two kinds of people, those people who 'build you up' (balcony people) and those who 'tear you down' (basement people). If you are like me, I could readily name those who are basement people in my life, and had a much harder time naming those who are balcony people.
The author quoted Keith Miller's 'The Taste of New Wine' in telling of his concept about how our minds are 2/3 UNCONSCIOUS filled dark, murky waters maintained by our basement people, and 1/3 CONSCIOUS filled with people who are hanging over the balcony cheering us on.
This book really made me think about the people I'm around now, and those who have influenced my life either negatively or positively in my life.
In the end, it left me feeling lonely...saddened.
There are also a few wonderful poems included in this book.
"This book is about the lethal poison of rejection and the healing antidote of affirmation." p 9
"Before we understand how to be affirmers, we have to face the reality of rejection and its lethal force in our own lives. We need to deal with our own brokenness in order to move out into the world as affirmers." p 12
" I am sure, if there were a way to view a movie and see instant replays of all the strategic change points in our lives, that we'd instantly spot the people who either broke our sprits by their critical or juegmental evaluations, or who healed us by their loving, perceptive affirmations." p 14
"The basement people of our minds pull us down iwth comments life, "You're not gonna make it." They tell us we can't do such and such. They drop subtle or not so subtle hints about our inferior qualities, and thoroughly damage our personhood." p 33
"It seems to me that few, too few, of us honor one another. We are too interested in our own welfare, our own successes, our own achievements. We are intimidated by someone else's gifts or talents. We become so busy climbing the ladder of our own triumphs that we resent taking the time to pay homage to someone else." p 47
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