Lynda Fishman
Meet Lynda Fishman, inspirational speaker, author of Repairing Rainbows, and survivor of an unspeakable personal tragedy. In 1970, when she was 13, her mother and two sisters were killed in an Air Canada plane crash. Her father fell into a deep depression, and she was essentially left to fend for herself.
Lynda has turned her wounds into wisdom. With a message about courage, strength and hope, Lynda now spends her time sharing her moving story and her eight “happiness-inducing choices”.

Entries by Lynda Fishman

Eulogy For Harold

(2) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 1:17 PM

Going to a funeral is difficult. That deafening silence in the chapel brings back painful memories and stirs up emotions that I work so hard to control. No matter how much time has passed, that aching and longing for my parents and sisters is never buried too deeply, always bubbling...

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Thank You GPS Woman

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 7:05 PM

Dear {insert name},

It began as a disagreement. It has exploded out of control.

When I saw you walk into the restaurant, I immediately buried my face in my food. Oh what a sick feeling I had knowing you were there. I felt tense and nervous . . . I...

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Making the Heart-Wrenching Decision to Put an Animal Down

(2) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 3:24 PM

Knowing that "we always have choices" was put to the test for me this past week, as I considered all of the choices related to the serious health condition of our sweet dog, Amber.

We rescued Amber almost 10 years ago, when she was about six weeks old. She...

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Want To Feel Great? Try My True and Tested Method

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 8:28 AM

In this fast-paced, ever changing world in which I live, the one thing that has not changed for me is the healing power of kindness and helping others.

The single most important action that helps me move forward whenever I am faced with adversity and/or stressful situations, is the act...

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Choose to Surround Yourself With The "Right" People

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 6:14 PM

When I was faced with horrific tragedy as a young teen, and was drowning in a mixture of emotions, my "life jacket" was the belief and faith that somehow, I would survive. I hung on with all my strength to protect myself from being pulled under by the indescribable power...

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Eight Choices That Will Make You Happier

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 1:12 PM

As I reflect on my past experiences, I understand and have internalized the importance of making positive choices. I know that I generalize, but I truly believe that the more choices we make, the more alive we feel, and the more alive we feel, the healthier our choices.

I believe...

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How I Ended Up Living Happily Ever After

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 3:19 PM

Two wounded teens meet, fall in live, and live "happily ever after"... fairy-tale, coincidence, or serendipity?

My husband Barry and I were each born into families enjoying "fairy-tale" lives. Our parents were young and in love, and their lives were full of hopes and dreams for the future.

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Give Up - Give In - Give It All You've Got . . . You Choose

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 6:38 PM

In my book Repairing Rainbows: A True Story of Family, Tragedy and Choices, I recount the terrible time when I was thrust into a "tornado" of major loss. One minute I thought that maybe, just maybe, I was going to be okay and the next minute I was overcome with...

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Learning to Live With Grief

(3) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 12:19 PM

I am frequently asked why I wrote Repairing Rainbows so many years after the plane crash. The truth is that I did not have the courage and strength to open the wounds that I had kept so carefully covered and protected all these years. While I knew that my story...

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Talking About My Mother and Sisters' Deaths Helped Me More Than Silence

(6) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 3:38 PM

Growing up in the 60's in the suburbs of Montreal, life felt safe and secure. And then on July 5, 1970, Air Canada flight 621 crashed, killing all 109 people on board. My mother and two younger sisters were on that flight. I was 13 years old.

The loss was...

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