The Pathway to a Successful Life

by James Wheatley



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/11/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 98
ISBN : 9781663216045
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 98
ISBN : 9781663216052

About the Book

I have enjoyed a long life that spans from the Great Depression of the 1930s, to the COVID-19 virus of 2020. I want to share my memories with my friends, family, and also the young ones. I want them to understand you don’t have to be rich to be happy. I never concerned myself with what I didn’t have, but with what I could have. This was taught to me by my Mother, as the book will demonstrate. I write this book, not about walking in someone else’s footsteps, but about the tracks I made myself. Footprints left on a sandy beach will get washed away by the rising tide, but will never erase the enjoyment you had making them. I will refer to choices I made and roads not taken. My second favorite singer, George Jones, sang about “Living and dying with the choices I’ve made.” My first favorite singer will be revealed later on. The last two lines of Robert Longley’s poem, “The Next Chapter” says it all: “It is you who writes your story, and you who controls your fate.”

About the Author

James Otis Wheatley grew up in Benton and Henry Counties Tennessee, moved to Pontiac Michigan at a young age. He returned to Spring Hill Tennessee to enjoy his retirement. He attended Wayne State University on the GI Bill. He attended Oakland University in Auburn Hill, Michigan, and Schoolcraft Community College in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He served his Country in the Marine Corps for three years. He worked for Fisher Body in Livonia, Michigan, as a pipefitter. He was a local and International representative for the UAW union for forty years. After retirement he designed and constructed a sub-division named Kelben Corners. Named after two grandchildren’s named Kelly, and Benjamin. He now resides with his wife Fay on Kelben Lane along side two sons and a granddaughter.