Chris Meyer is the father of three sons and he has had an interesting life: an attorney, a feature filmmaker, a Hollywood screenwriter, a funeral home owner, and now the CEO of a tech startup.
But something burns inside of him like last night’s street shawarma.
Having turned fifty, he realizes his life is more than half over... if he’s lucky. He looks back and now understands his past fourteen years in the funeral business has changed him. It has given him a far greater appreciation for the world around him and the people in it. In his own unique way, Meyer offers twenty lessons learned from his years of meeting with grieving families, arranging funerals, and memorializing the dead and offers us “reminders” of what is truly important in life.
In sum, he has found… the meaning of life.
Meyer is cognizant of how a simple Everyman/Dad could possibly know what more learned scholars have searched the world over to explain. But, he clearly articulates how his work and personal experiences have enabled him to find life’s true meaning. A devout family man, he believes in God but admits he is caught somewhere between the new age book “The Secret” and Bible “lite.”
Meyer is glaringly flawed, and he shares those flaws, some more striking than others, with the reader. Through this sharing, the reader understands that bad things happen to everyone and all families have problems, including his own: dysfunctional relationships, Hollywood job and writing failures, business setbacks, and bouts of cluelessness all shine gloriously in his writing.
We come to understand his parents provided a solid foundation, he lives for his family, and his closeness with his late-grandfather are the basis of his success. Without them, he struggles to see how life may have turned out. In telling his story, he offers a “how-to” guide for life; not in some rigid step-by-step, but rather in aspirational “reminders” of what is truly important.
With his reverence for life, and irreverence for living it, Meyer offers a lite, easy read with profound messaging written in the combined vein of “Tuesdays With Morrie,” “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff... ,” “The Last Lecture,” but with the motivation of Tony Robbins “Awakening The Giant Within.”
This is a coffee table book for generations to come.