The Haiti earthquakes were made much worse by the flimsy housing the poverty stricken residents lived in; the flooding in New Orleans was followed by looting, violence and a substandard relief response
Washington DC (Vocus) May 21, 2010
Author Tom Finn has his work cut out for him. His new book “A Better Tomorrow” purports to reveals five techniques to living a better tomorrow, but getting through today is tough enough. Finn acknowledges that he has an uphill battle. “The media tends to talk about more and more depressing events constantly. It seems as soon as one catastrophe is over another is just beginning. It’s no wonder that most people hate to watch the news, because it’s all bad.”
Finn, a life coach in his native Ireland is the author of “A Better Tomorrow” (American Book Publishing) and is both a positive thinker and a realist when it comes to dealing with bad news. “When thinking about the causes of much of the misery and unhappiness in our world today, remember the significant source of a most of it is degeneration, not the disaster event itself. This degeneration is like a bush fire that is out of control, that has brought down great civilizations and empires.” Finn says that degeneration can often be seen in the guise of poverty, crime, alcoholism, political corruptness and low moral standards. In other words, man causes a lot of the bad things that happen, and his poor reaction to what occurs naturally like floods and earthquakes makes tough situations many times worse. “The Haiti earthquakes were made much worse by the flimsy housing the poverty stricken residents lived in; the flooding in New Orleans was followed by looting, violence and a substandard relief response”, observed Finn. He believes that honesty, decency and a willingness to help the less fortunate are all in danger of becoming almost obsolete, which was part of the impetus for him to write “A Better Tomorrow.”
Finn says that looking for government to solve your problems isn’t the answer in dealing with bad news. “Through the centuries different types of government have been tried and tested…capitalism, socialism, communism…and regardless of the governing bodies, hardships like famine and disasters still continue. It is easy to become defeatist and say there is no point in trying to change things, nothing will work. It’s not the disasters themselves that define us as a people, but rather our response to them. We can make the world a better place to live if we change our attitude to life and to each other.”
Finn details Five Strategies to Build a Better Tomorrow including:
- How you can break the continuing tradition of being negative and having a defeatist attitude and instead embrace life and exude optimism despite bad news.
- Why individuals who have a belief in some sort of God and make that belief the focal point in their lives provides a genuine buffer which protects from life’s disappointments.
- How charitable organizations, not governments, are the ideal conduit to dealing with natural disasters, and how volunteers get a great deal of satisfaction and fulfillment from their work.
- Individual responsibility is key; Finn says “ If we would all take responsibility to act and think in a positive and constructive manner, there would be an immediate transformation in society.”
- It starts with our children. According to Finn “If kids are taught from a young age the importance and value of seeking to help others and contributing to society, then the foundation will be laid for a better tomorrow.”
To request a reviewer copy of “A Better Tomorrow” or to request an interview with author Tom Finn please contact Catherine Hooks at (703) 589-8960 or at catherine(at)allenmediastrategies(dot)com.