Some months ago, a colleague from an agency in Detroit needed a small favor best handled from our home market. We were happy to oblige, of course, as he has done for us. Jim Berline
sent me a book as a thank you with a note saying that the contents had changed his life. I am slightly embarrassed to say that When One Door Closes
joined the stack next to my bed. My wife teases me about always having two or three books going, so this one would have to get into the rotation. Little did I realize that finishing it on a commuter hop out of O’Hare last week would cause me to stare out the window to hide the fact that tears were welling up in my eyes.
It wouldn’t be right to tell you exactly what’s in the book or what made me shed a tear or two. I hope you will read it to find out. Suffice it to say that this book chronicles the journey of a teenager battling cancer. We share heart-felt moments from her family, friends, doctors and nurses, and from many others in her community. The popular band Barenaked Ladies
plays a part as does Jim’s agency, Berline
, and the Make a Wish Foundation
When One Door Closes is touching and sad in places. Far more importantly, it is uplifting and inspiring. It is truly remarkable to see how this very young woman, Alex Graham, faced devastating challenges with a positive attitude that was simply unconquerable. Imagine what the world could accomplish if all of us faced personal challenges with such a positive and productive attitude.
For his part, Jim Berline shows us how he and his agency made a lasting impact that extended well beyond his home town of Detroit. Without even asking, I know Jim would say that all of us could do something similar by channeling resources at our organizations.
Do yourself a favor, order a copy of When One Door Closes
. You might shed a tear, but you’ll also feel inspired and, perhaps, motivated to do a bit more good in the world.