One of the items on my Love List is reading. I love reading and started a book list to share the books I’m reading with you and to gain a little momentum. It’s easy to put something fun like reading at the bottom of the day’s list, but I am starting to enjoy carving reading time into my day.
Big Honcho Media recently sent me a copy of Enjoy Every Sandwich. This book was written by Lee Lipsenthal about appreciating life and accepting death. I often write about fighting for health, so beginning a book about someone who wasn’t fighting stirred up some feelings.
Naturally, I wanted Lee to fight and as I got to know Lee and his family through this book, I wanted him to fight and win and live.
I can’t describe the book any better than this moving video, so I encourage you to watch it.
I learned or was reminded of the following while reading Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day as If It Were Your Last
- Meditation is important. I am currently incorporating a daily meditation practice through Zen Habits Premium Membership
- Disease can be (but is not always) reversed through yoga, social support, exercise and a vegetarian diet.
- If you look for joy, you will find joy. If you look for trouble, that’s what you’ll find.
- Love is powerful enough to diminish fear.
- Gratitude. Gratitude. Gratitude.
- We will all die so it’s time to start living each day regardless of circumstance.
Dr. Lee Lipsenthal worked with Dr. Dean Ornish at the famed Preventive Medicine Research Institute. As medical director of the Institute, he helped thousands of patients to overcome their fear of pain and death and to embrace living life with joy every day. In his own life, happily married and the proud father of two remarkable children, Lee was similarly committed to living life fully and gratefully each day.
The power of these beliefs was tested in July 2009, when Lee was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. As Lee and his wife, Kathy, navigated his illness and treatment over the past two years, Lee discovered that he did not fear death. Instead of fearing the future, he took the time to practice gratitude, connect with his loved ones, and make every attempt to live a full life with each breath.
Enter to win one of 3 copies of Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day as If It Were Your Last and read Lee’s lasting gift to his family, his friends, his colleagues and to readers. Add a comment below about something you are grateful for today and I’ll choose 3 random winners Friday at 7pm EST.
Lee died on Tuesday, September 20. It is an honor to spread Lee’s message by sharing this special book.
My big takeaway from this book is that I will continue to be open to change and possiblity. I will continue to fight for health with a strong will and a soft heart.