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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET Contents Preface ix Acknowledgments xi Part I An Invitation to the World of Second Chances 1 Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Part II A Year of Second Chances: When a Second Chance Calls, Will You Answer? 3 Why Create a Culture of Second Chances? 12 Finding Comfort in Little Things: The Promise of This Moment 22 Facing Up to Our Stumbling Blocks: The Bully of Fear and the Most Alluring of Distractions 31 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Squaring Off against the Bully of Fear 33 Acknowledging Attractive Distractions 57 Partnering with (vs. Avoiding) Change 70 Part III Staking Claim to Our Birthright for Joy 81 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 The Climb to Transcendence 83 Failure, the Crucible for Second Chances: It’s Not What You Did to Fail, It’s What You Do Next 95 Second Chance Denied: When the Door Is Slammed in Your Face, Where Can You Turn? 109 When We Think We Can’t, We Can 121 Part IV Creating a Culture of Second Chances 139 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Offering Second Chances to Others: “Paying It Forward” without Demanding Payback 141 Capitalizing on Our Brain’s Evolution toward Second Chances 153 Resources 167 References 171 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL