Everett “Bud” Hendrickson faced one of the toughest times in his life last August when Nancy, his high school sweetheart and wife of 28 years, lost her fight with cancer.
But where some sink into depression and continued agony, Hendrickson, a 20-year resident of Yosemite Lakes Park, instead found inspiration and decided to finish his first book, “Enjoy Your Journey - Ten Bedrock Truths to Improve Everything about You.”
“I think a lot of times we have to look for the good in the bad,” said Hendrickson, whose son Grant graduated from Yosemite High School in 2011, going on to play football at Menlo College for four years. “Oftentimes, we take the ‘pity me’ mentality, and you’re really put to the test. My journey in life has not always been smooth, but I still find joy.”
Perhaps fittingly, Hendrickson said the books will be ready for purchase Aug. 15, which would have been he and Nancy’s 29th anniversary.
He said the 140 page book contains 10 life lessons he hopes will help others find happiness.
“It’s all about what can we do to make better decisions so we can maximize or improve our enjoyment on our journey, whether it’s the good times or the bad times,” Hendrickson said. “We’re all going to have both. But there’s good that comes from all bad things. Believe that.”
Some of the “Bedrock Truth” chapters are statements such as “Change: An Opportunity or a Threat,” or “Opportunity is Missed by Most,” with reflection questions at the end of each chapter.
Though some of the truths are focused on Christian philosophy, Hendrickson said he intended the book to be an easy read for those of other or no religious beliefs.
“I’m a South Dakota boy, through and through,” Hendrickson said. “I’m a simple guy, so this is not meant to be a deep read for anyone. There are probably two scripture references in the whole book. But truths are truths. And whether you use a faith-based or secular vocabulary around them, they’re the same message.”
“Enjoy Your Journey - Ten Bedrock Truths to Improve Everything about You” is being published by Creative Team Publishing of El Cajon.
The book can be pre-ordered or purchased at www.enjoyandimprove.com.
Hendrickson, who graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1988 with a degree in mechanical engineering, has lived in Portland, Oregon the last two years following 20 years residing in Yosemite Lakes Park.