Sameer Bhide

Sameer Bhide

Sameer grew up in Mumbai, India. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and played competitive badminton and cricket. He moved to the United States 30 years ago as an international student, completing his Bachelor's in Management and an MBA. Then he worked for several global companies for many years in Cleveland and Boston before settling down in Northern Virginia, outside Washington DC since 2002. He had lived the American dream - great job, loving family, a beautiful house, and a sports car till that fateful day in January 2017 when his life changed drastically and forever. He suffered a sudden and an extremely rare brain stroke which led to a massive hemorrhage. Not only his medical crisis, later he had to quit work after working nonstop for 24 years and went through a divorce. His entire life came crashing down and a new normal set in. However, he felt profoundly grateful and thankful that he survived and wanted to give back to society – i.e. to help others going through adversity or any other life changes. He had gone through such an ordeal and wanted to share his Stories, Experiences, Lessons Learned from his journey to help others. He found a way to do it by penning his memoir One Fine Day. One Fine Day is his candid memoir, story of his adversities and his experiences dealing with them and how he has slowly tried to embrace his new normal with positivity, grace, and gratitude. It a story of resilience and hope in facing his new normal. It is not a sob story. He had no idea before what it takes to heal your mind, body, and spirit. He certainly was not prepared, so he wanted to share the many tips, suggestions, ideas, approaches and lessons learned from his journey that are helping him heal, with others who are facing any life change or adversity. One Fine Day is also not a prescriptive memoir (i.e. a list of top things to do to face life changes or adversity). It is a cross between a teaching memoir (informing and educating readers about different things - eastern holistic medicine, India, USA, resiliency, positivity etc.) and an inspirational memoir which hopefully provides some comfort and inspiration to readers facing any life changes—good or bad—and a new normal. It’s also about how he came back from the brink of death with the help of a diverse community of friends, caregivers, colleagues and other people around him in his adopted country (USA) and his country of birth (India) besides his family. One Fine Day means “Life can and will change for good or bad (physical or emotional, big or small, personal or professional, planned or sudden) one fine day for anyone (rich or poor, black or white, old or young, etc.) and anywhere. It is not necessarily only bad life changes but also good ones, it could be any adversity like physical illness, layoff, divorce, loss of a loved one or good life changes like getting married , birth of a child, relocating to a foreign country, promotion, retirement etc. which results in a new normal. And no matter what these changes are they are hard, alters our trajectory and require successful adaptation. He observes that the entire world had its One Fine Day and is now facing a new normal due to the corona virus pandemic and his message in his memoir is more relevant now. No matter what type of new normal one is facing one must accept and embrace this new normal with positivity, grace, and gratitude, as hard it may be. Bottom-line Messages of One Fine Day: • We all are one fine day away from a new normal. • Accepting life’s changes no matter what they are and embracing the resulting new normal is the only choice we have, self- pity and complaining are not options. One Fine Day has several themes which will help people to overcome adversity: • Building Resilience • Finding Positivity • Exploring Unexpected benefits of a life change • Finding Possibilities • Discovering balance between Western and Eastern medicine and care. • Belief in the strength of Diversity and humanity to heal.
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