Everyone is born with an impediment, big or small, hidden or obvious. From a physical birth defect, to a learning disability, to having an addictive personality or a substance abuse disorder, people have struggles that they must overcome. The impediment does not define an individual, but how the person overcomes the struggle does. Addiction disorders are a major impediment and studies have shown that pharmaceutical therapies have proven benefits. In addition, behavioral therapies, such as positive thinking and gaining a positive outlook, can also aid those who are going through a challenge like recovery.
“Life Is Short (No Pun Intended): Love, Laughter, and Learning to Enjoy Every Moment” is a new book written by Jennifer Arnold, M.D., and Bill Klein, beloved stars of TLC’s “The Little Couple.” The inspiring authors have dwarfism, which could have hindered them, but they choose to be successful, happy and positive. Arnold is a successful neonatologist and a cancer survivor. She and her husband have adopted children who also have dwarfism, and the adoption process is not an easy one for any child or parent involved. They share their inspirational story about how to be present and happy in the moment, regardless of the struggles that are at the front door. Although this book does not focus on recovery specifically, it gives behavioral tips and methods that can easily be applied to overcoming hurdles, which addicts face when trying to get sober. Whether fans of the show or individuals who have faced difficult obstacles, this book is an inspiration to approach life with optimism and generosity.
Flourish during hard times
When we have a bad day, it is easy to complain and focus on the negative aspects or compare our lives to those of others, but we always have things to be thankful for and it is so important to try to stay positive throughout difficult challenges. Sometimes it takes reminding ourselves every day about three positive things that occurred throughout the day, whether it is breathing fresh air, the ability to walk, staying sober for one more day, a phone call or a note from a loved one, or a compliment from a co-worker. The little things in life and our attitude determine our happiness.
A recent reader review captures our daily struggles as it describes the inspirational couple: “When we first meet Bill and Jen on ‘The Little Couple,’ they’d already established themselves in their careers and were about to get married. This book covers the early years leading up to that point, talking about the unique challenges they individually faced as little people, as well as the challenges that many of us face, such as coping with parents splitting, fitting in with step-family and seeking love. … Both are very open about the painful experiences, but also focus on how important attitude, love, support, appreciation and hard work are in overcoming obstacles in life. … I was already impressed and inspired by Bill and Jen, but am even more so after reading their book. I was always taught that it was never about what happened to me; instead it was how I reacted that made all the difference. That said, at times it’s easy to forget that, lose perspective and feel overwhelmed. Bill and Jen are honest about having those moments, but focus on how they were able to flourish even during the hard times.”
About the authors
Arnold is an attending neonatologist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and medical director of the Simulation Center at Texas Children’s Hospital. She married her best friend, Klein.
Klein grew up on Long Island, New York. After earning a degree in biology from New York University, he became an entrepreneur. Today, he works with companies, large and small, on strategic direction, sales and operational efficiency. He plays an active role in every business he owns, including Candu Enterprises, where he and his wife provide a variety of media-related services, including making appearances at schools and other institutions to aid in the campaign to stop bullying. Most recently, Klein created Rocky & Maggie’s Pet Shop, a pet-supply retailer named after the family dogs.
The stars of TLC’s “The Little Couple,” Arnold and Klein live in Houston and have adopted two special-needs children.
Written by Kristen Fuller, M.D., Sovereign Health Group writer