Christine introduced Forrest who spoke to the Club a while ago about his recovery but who is now back with a new book and new insights.
Forrest started with some humerous illustrations of the way people can see themselves and encouraged us to laughter as it produces endorphins that make us feel better then went on to describe his early life as one with several homes and cars and boats, lots of comforts like bathrooms and and example of love from parents but then went back over the list with illustrations - lots of homes because they moved all the time, lots of bathrooms because they lived in a triplex, lots of cars, though they were on blocks and a boat with trees growing in it that they played in.
His dad was violent and his mom left when he was 6 so he got to know the police, children's aid and the example of how not to treat children.  But his life was one of imagination and he became a successful business man in the area - by Oct. 2002 he had 7 businesses and 3 homes and was planning to upgrade his car to a bigger BMW.  A prospective buyer took it, and him, on a test drive and, while talking on his phone crashed the car and turned Forrest into a 2 year old in a 31 year old body.  He had to relearn everything, reading, writing, etc. and he plunged into anxiety and depression, went through 14 operations, took speech, occupational and physical therapy but also took pain pills, anti- depressants and became suicidal.  One morning watching breakfast television the Chicken Soup for the Soul guy was on talking about look at where you are, look at where you want to be and start setting yourself some goals and he tried it.  Now he's a published author, a motivational speaker who tries to help others who are afraid to do what's next.  He works with the VP of Dubai Airport and Jack Canfield and the NFL among others and has written a new book - 12 Hugs to Happiness which prescribes 2.5 hugs a day per person - also an endorphin promoter.
Whatever you want in life, give it and it will come back to you.  Accept early lessons but break free from them, get out of your comfort zone and don't compare yourself to others and wish for what they've got - steal your own joy and say yes.  He realized he didn't know what colour his mother's eyes were so after 35 years without speaking he called her and asked, despite a fear of rejection, and opened up a conversation.  He had a fear of heights and went sky diving.  It's good for yourself, good for your family and even good for strangers.
He told the story of Bopsy, a 6 year old who was dying in Phoenix and whose dream of being a fireman was realized by the local crew who made him a uniform and took him on calls for a day and even showed up in the hospital room by climbing through the window.  We all have dreams - help each other realize them.