As an only child often left to my own imaginings I read every book I laid my hands on, and no book was off-limits, including Your Erroneous Zones by Dr. Wayne Dyer. During the age of I’m OK, You’re OK, a cultural shift occurred. People stopped viewing life as something that happens to you and began exerting control over thoughts, feelings, and habits in a quest for happiness, or at least contentment. Just as Wayne’s childhood wasn’t the white-picket-fence variety, neither was mine, but he introduced a hugely attractive idea for a child who often felt powerless. I could change my world with my thoughts and self-love. There were many lessons yet to learn, most relating to personal responsibility, but the premise that I had a portion of control led me eventually to healing. In this way, Wayne Dyer made a positive difference in my life, a fine epitaph for any man.