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Life Is Not a Stress Rehearsal: Bringing Yesterday's Sane Lifestyle into Today's Insane World [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Loretta Laroche
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April 10 2001
Four cassettes, 6 hrs.
read by the author

You lead a busy life. Work, home, family, friends — busy, busy, busy. At work, you have a computer, a telephone with several lines, email, a fax machine, conference calls, colleagues who need you, and an assistant. Your computer contains everything important to your job, which would be great if you knew how to use it. You let your assistant handle the telephone and the fax, and if you are having a really good day, things with colleagues aren't too crazy and you get to your email before dark. Riding home on the train, you work on your laptop (when it feels like it), attempt remote email in vain at least three times, and scowl at the other passengers gabbing on their cell phones at top volume until yours goes off and you almost knock your laptop onto the floor trying to get it in time. At home there are spouses and children to deal with, more phones, more computers, more time saving devices that never seem to work. You turn to instant gratification sources like television for a moment of peace — but not more,
because you don't have the time. Your one minute of true quiet, when you lie down in bed, is filled with thoughts of what you have to do, whose problems you have to fix, places you have to be and is gone almost immediately because you are too tired and overloaded not to shut down.

Somehow the time saving devices that dictate our days combined with the 9 million things we have to get done right away, and the places we have to be, and the people we have to squeeze in somewhere, to create a state total and absolute hysteria most of us learn to live with, until on day we just can't take it anymore!

Think of your grandparents' generation. Life was simpler, yes, but life was also saner. That generation had a way of seeing through the nonsense — of using their own inner wisdom and common sense to guide them on their way. Your grandmother never had to call home from the grocery store to let everyone know she got the bread.

Life IS stressful. Bad things happen. No one wants you to walk around happy, happy, happy all the time. People like that are imbeciles. The key is to learn what matters and what doesn't. LIFE IS NOT A STRESS REHEARSAL is here to help you separate the noise around you from the clarity within you. It's here to help you stop creating stress for yourself by taking all that stuff outside you and making it internal. It's here to help you hear the voice of your grandmother, who would listen to some of the stuff you obsess about today, shake her head in dismay, whack you upside the head and say JUST SHUT UP!

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"I would like to see all the world's great leaders locked in a room with Loretta LaRoche for twenty-four hours. When they'd emerge, they'd be saner, wiser, and happier, and our planet would be better off."
--Larry Dossey M.D., author, Reinventing Medicine and Healing Words




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"I would like to see all the world’s great leaders locked in a room with Loretta LaRoche for twenty-four hours. When they’d emerge, they'd be saner, wiser, and happier, and our planet would be better off."
–Larry Dossey M.D., author of Reinventing Medicine and Healing Words

"Loretta LaRoche is a riot! If you want to know why you feel 'spiritually empty' and what to do about it--read this book. Not only will it make you laugh out loud, it will challenge you to rethink the way you live your whole life."
–Cheryl Richardson, author of the New York Times bestsellers Take Time for Your Life and Life Makeovers

“Loretta is one funny lady. As you read this book, you'll be laughing yourself into greater health and wisdom, along with a lot of other people.”
–Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are and Full Catastrophe Living
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and full of good advice Aug. 16 2002
Format:Paperback
I found this to be a charming book, which is rare in self-help books. Loretta LaRoche is witty, and her in-your-face style of writing lends a great deal of wisdom and advice in this book. I love her analogies of listening to the "inner Grandmother" instead of the "inner child." It just makes sense.
Bravo, Ms. LaRoche, Bravo.
- Sharon Galligar Chance
Times Record News, Wichita Falls, Texas
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and full of good advice Aug. 16 2002
Format:Paperback
I found this to be a charming book, which is rare in self-help books. Loretta LaRoche is witty, and her in-your-face style of writing lends a great deal of wisdom and advice in this book. I love her analogies of listening to the "inner Grandmother" instead of the "inner child." It just makes sense.
Bravo, Ms. LaRoche, Bravo.
- Sharon Galligar Chance
Times Record News, Wichita Falls, Texas
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much whining!! June 13 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
This could have been a good book, but Ms. LaRoche never lets up on comparing todays lifestyle to that of her grandmother - a useless endeavour. She obviously avails herself of all the modern conveniences - like voice mail, TV, fast food, etc but complains incessantly about the present way of life. The book assumes if we enjoy updated technology or spend a few hours watching sitcoms, that we have lost touch with our families, values etc. Ms.LaRoche is sometimes amusing however she offers little realistic advice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Common sense in an uncommon book April 25 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
In a book filled with real wisdom, Laroche points out the insanities of life in the 21st century. You would think that we would have learned what is really important, but Laroche points out with punchiness and humour what is lacking today: the need for moderation. Instead of listening to the inner child, we need to listen to our inner grandmother. It means not being obsessed with materialism and workaholism and e-mail and reality TV, and spending time instead taking care of ourselves (take a walk and eat a tomato) and spending time laughing with family and friends (better than St. John's wort as a cure for the blues). Common sense is not that common, and Laroche spells out in clear language what we should have known all along, but have not always done in our lives.
The book is chockful of meaningful advice, but never too preachy. For those (like me) who didn't realize how far they were going down the wrong road, this is a map on how to get on the path to balance in life. Highly recommended, and a very easy read.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Common sense in an uncommon book April 25 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In a book filled with real wisdom, Laroche points out the insanities of life in the 21st century. You would think that we would have learned what is really important, but Laroche points out with punchiness and humour what is lacking today: the need for moderation. Instead of listening to the inner child, we need to listen to our inner grandmother. It means not being obsessed with materialism and workaholism and e-mail and reality TV, and spending time instead taking care of ourselves (take a walk and eat a tomato) and spending time laughing with family and friends (better than St. John's wort as a cure for the blues). Common sense is not that common, and Laroche spells out in clear language what we should have known all along, but have not always done in our lives.
The book is chockful of meaningful advice, but never too preachy. For those (like me) who didn't realize how far they were going down the wrong road, this is a map on how to get on the path to balance in life. Highly recommended, and a very easy read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and full of good advice Aug. 16 2002
By Sharon Galligar Chance - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I found this to be a charming book, which is rare in self-help books. Loretta LaRoche is witty, and her in-your-face style of writing lends a great deal of wisdom and advice in this book. I love her analogies of listening to the "inner Grandmother" instead of the "inner child." It just makes sense.
Bravo, Ms. LaRoche, Bravo.
- Sharon Galligar Chance
Times Record News, Wichita Falls, Texas
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and full of good advice Aug. 16 2002
By Sharon Galligar Chance - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I found this to be a charming book, which is rare in self-help books. Loretta LaRoche is witty, and her in-your-face style of writing lends a great deal of wisdom and advice in this book. I love her analogies of listening to the "inner Grandmother" instead of the "inner child." It just makes sense.
Bravo, Ms. LaRoche, Bravo.
- Sharon Galligar Chance
Times Record News, Wichita Falls, Texas
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes, that's right. May 22 2008
By sister - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Another fun look at life from Loretta LaRoche, similar to her other books. This one however had me nodding and agreeing with her outlook on life. A fun way of reconnecting with what matters.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much whining!! June 13 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
This could have been a good book, but Ms. LaRoche never lets up on comparing todays lifestyle to that of her grandmother - a useless endeavour. She obviously avails herself of all the modern conveniences - like voice mail, TV, fast food, etc but complains incessantly about the present way of life. The book assumes if we enjoy updated technology or spend a few hours watching sitcoms, that we have lost touch with our families, values etc. Ms.LaRoche is sometimes amusing however she offers little realistic advice.
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