Ever feel like you aren’t getting everything you want out of life? A man on a bus smiles or a stranger exudes happiness and you wonder, why isn’t that me? A child runs giggling across your path and reminds you what pure joy looks like, causing you to stop and ask… where is your joy?
Ever sit in your office or home and feel life is passing you by, or that there is more out there, but you just can’t reach it?
In a work of non fiction, Saving Our Pennys, Roy Dimond and Jeff Leitch tell the story of a teacher, who facing a crisis, searches for answers to some of life’s most difficult questions.
Overwhelmed with the everyday burdens of life, yet he must be there for others. He sees another who walk’s in harmony with life, joyfully embracing the moment, and is inspired to begin his exploration for a mentor. During his search, it is revealed that the universe seldom takes the gentle path. However, if he has the courage to embrace his quest, he may discover that a hero’s journey will take him to the strangest of places. Enlightenment always leads to the unexpected.
Growing from a, “shadow” into an entity of, “substance” he realizes that the sacred moment waits patiently. By embracing the now, he grows into his true nature, the state called, “spirit” where balance and peace of mind exist. Where wondrous joy has always been.
Saving Our Pennys imparts to the reader that by helping others, one may help oneself.
Roy Dimond lives with his wife in Victoria, British Columbia.
In his first life, Roy had the honor of helping at risk children and their families. In his second life, he pursues his love of travel and writing. Having explored four continents from Cuzco to Kyoto, Santorini to Tsumago, his wanderings have all found a way into his stories.
Roy’s first book is called The Singing Bowl and is out in its Second Edition by Green Dragon Books. His second novel, Silence and Circumstance is published by Untreed Reads. A fictional account of the elven days that Agatha Christie went missing. The Rubicon Effect is published by Melange Books which has also just launched, A Penny For Your Thoughts co authored with Jeff Leitch. The authors other books are, I, Bully by Authors Place and Converging Paths with co author Lorraine Dimond, by Black Rose Writing.
Saving Our Pennys Saving Our Pennys by Roy Dimond and Jeff Leitch, is a tale of redemption while finding our life guides and mentors in the least expected places. Set in the fast paced, ultra-busy world of multitasking, schools are an eruption of both heroes and victims. One teacher, feeling overwhelmed, chooses to look beyond himself and seek a mentor, someone to show him another way. But as is the nature of all redemption stories, he must earn the divine and that always leads to the unexpected. On his twisting journey from victim to hero, he meets a Ferryman, a Gatekeeper, and ultimately his true Spirit Guide. Roy Dimond and Jeff Leitch deliver an eloquent portrait of a teachers’ life. They write frankly about how to model the behavior on tough topics that baffle both, teachers and students. The two authors reinforce the importance of communication and social responsibility of not only these community – centered professionals, but all people who’ve chosen to make a difference in people’s lives. Saving Our Pennys is a revealing story about the human soul, and the authors lay out a pathway that both inspire and challenge the reader. The story resonates deeply and has us look inwards, and asks us to provide support for any person, not only ourselves, who is struggling to find their balance.
Saving our Pennys should be a must read on many people's reading list. It's a book that will teach you about yourself and your life and help you answer a question; "What are you doing with your life here?"
It follows the life of a school teacher as he begins another year of school in the fast lane of life where everyone's goal seems to be getting to the end of term, submitting all the paperwork and just surviving.There is a wonderful analogy of a steam train going full steam ahead to its ultimate destination, regardless of the individual desires of it's passengers.
But our teacher wants more, he wants to remember why he began teaching, he wants to be free of the fear and dread that each day brings as it weighs him down in ever more exhaustion. A fellow teacher offers him the chance to make that change, to step off the train and make a conscious choice to live.
Taking baby steps, movement occurs, enlightenment happens. There was a wonderful moment when he opened the eyes of his students, and one I wish to write down here. If you live to be 100 years old you will be given 36 500 days. "Use your days, be sincere, be genuine, take nothing for granted, treat others well, treat yourself well, be great" How many days of your life have you lived? What have you done with your life?
I enjoyed this book. I have been a teacher for 20 years, but I remember the challenges of being a new teacher, trying to keep up with the expectations of the "machine" that is the admin, the school board, and the government. It took me awhile to fully understand that teaching is about relationships...honest interactions with my students. I understood and appreciated the book, because I feel am now at a good place in my teaching practice. It was refreshing and affirming to realize that I am on the right track.
The book is an easy read. Part philosophy, part narrative, it presents teaching in a new light. Motifs of seasons, and weather, and sports add unique aspects to the story. Few characters are named, and I'm still not sure how I feel about that, but I believe it might allow any teacher to relate to the story. The authors call it non-fiction, but it certainly has a creative fictional aspect to it as well.
I loved this book. Beautifully inspirational, and it speaks to us at a level we can all understand - our jobs, and how to rise above the the bureaucracy. A young teacher is experiencing burnout far too soon. This book is about his journey from burnout to simple joy. An engaging read.