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Are We Aware that Living Fully Is Our Most Important Job?

When did you first become aware that living fully is the most important thing you could do? Sometimes we only realize that we have not been living fully when we encounter a tragedy, such as the death of a loved … Continue reading

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Death of Guilt

Guilt makes death a little harder. Or a lot harder. We feel guilty because we didn’t do this for “him” before he died. He died feeling guilty that he didn’t do what he said he would do for you. Or … Continue reading

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David Frost and the Panel of Death

Teens and pre-teens, with the lights turned down, will discuss life and death. What is life? What is death? Where do we go? When and how? But here’s some adults facing the issue under studio lights. It’s David Frost with … Continue reading

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Is Death Necessary?

It seems like a valid question. Is death necessary? Many people think it is. Others wonder. To take the doubt away, I’d like to approach this question via another angle: what is necessary for life and would death be included? … Continue reading

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Understanding the Power of Death

Death wields ultimate power over us, or so it seems. Having encountered it (not the theatrical versions), death shakes us of our illusions of self-power, control and imperviousness. For many of us it goes even further to make us fearful … Continue reading

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To Be or Not To Be

What allows people to accept death instead of a life that lasts for 1000 years and beyond? Is there some kind of barrier that stops people from considering living a long life that contributes over and over to the wisdom … Continue reading

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We ALL Die, A Story

A Story “We ALL die,” he declared to the other, who was struggling with the death of his father. What an amazingly unreasonable thing to communicate to another person! Not only does it lack any reason, it couldn’t be more … Continue reading

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Death Through the Eyes of a Visionary

Steve Jobs, the inspiration behind the Apple empire, a man with amazing vision about what was possible within technology, a man who changed how we act several times a day, has passed. Though his illness was widely publicized, many of … Continue reading

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Facing Down Death’s Agenda

Last week was emotionally difficult. Really difficult. Our family had several anniversaries and a memorial, not including the anniversary of September 11. (My wife was there in NYC.) The emotional difficulty didn’t show itself as a direct result of these … Continue reading

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Change, the Only Constant

They say change is inevitable. It certainly seems to be true. And the proof is that it’s not just insignificant things that change, like the faces on coins. Change is constant. The most significant things of life have changed and … Continue reading

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The Problem with Good People

Today, as I reflect on the good people of this world, I am saddened. Here’s an example: Some very nice folks that I got to know at a local farmers market offered me a free sample. It usually sells for … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Good

You may recall that I have earlier identified our ultimate enemy as death. This came from an admittedly emotional response to the death of my beloved father. And that is how many people understood it. They understood this as a statement … Continue reading

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Law of Attraction

The Law of Attraction, made popular by the movie “The Secret” states that what we think about and what we do attracts more of the same in our lives. So, if we want more success, better relationships, money or job … Continue reading

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Examining the Benefit of Limits

In my previous post about limits, I indicated that limits do not agree with us as human beings. Then why do we have them? Besides real dangers that we rightly fear, the reason we limit our aspirations and doubt our … Continue reading

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How to Live Forever- Review

Mark Wexler’s third documentary debuted in San Diego on June 3rd. The San Diego Reader posted this interview with Wexler. How to Live Forever is a life-affirming movie, full of good humor and insights. Check it out on the movie … Continue reading

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Solving the Problem of Dying

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein There is something plainly obvious about Einstein’s observation and another element that is more subtle and valuable. The first and most … Continue reading

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Players in the Death Industry

No one healthy gets up in the morning and decides to plan for their funeral arrangements. I would think this is a sign of health. We all have a strong survival instinct and our death is not a thought we … Continue reading

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Death Is Kind?

I want to thank the author of “The Red Badge of Courage,” Stephen Crane, for the following poem. The irony is deep and it reminds me of those that tell me about their loved one that died, “He passed away … Continue reading

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Dying of Heart Disease 50% Chance

What if you got up this morning and heard that there was a fifty per cent chance of rain? Would you take measures to protect your clothes? I would. Or what if the word on the street was that because … Continue reading

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Buddha’s Wise Advice

The Buddha is reported to have said, “Don’t blindly believe what I say. Don’t believe me because others convince you of my words. Don’t believe anything you see, read, or hear from others, whether of authority, religious teachers or texts. … Continue reading

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Links added to Life Links page

This is just a heads-up for those that wish to do more research on anti-aging and longevity. I have posted more links on the Life Links page. This is an exciting place to launch your research and check in with … Continue reading

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Dreams of our Wisest

Imagine life sitting at the feet of Aristotle because he hadn’t yet died of old age. Or the Virgin Mary. Or a great writer like Emily Dickenson or a thinker like William James. What would our country be like if … Continue reading

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Life and Passion

So, what is your passion? What is it that makes you feel fully alive, in love or connected with your ultimate purpose for being here on this earth? Living fully is often equated with being passionate about doing what you … Continue reading

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Life Compared with Death

Religious leaders of several faiths have told us that we live in a world of contrasts. Light/dark. Good/evil. Day/night. Peace/war. Man/woman. Included in this “wisdom” is the “life/death contrast.” Excuse me. Life as a human being has nothing to do … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference?

When I talk to many Bible-based believers, they find my concept of life forever here on earth unlike anything they hear at church. And I like to point out that according to the book of Genesis, God’s original plan did … Continue reading

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After Death, Part Three

In parts one and two, I wrote briefly about commitment and laughter as healthy responses to death. What I didn’t write was what we can commit to in order to stop the ultimate enemy. Firstly, we can commit to living … Continue reading

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After Death, Part Two

In my previous post I wrote about responses to death and suggested that there are two that are ultimately healthy, that is, life affirming responses. The second response to death is so powerful that it is feared as inappropriate. It … Continue reading

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After Death, What? Part One

After death, or in the face of it, many reactions can be observed. Thanks to popular media, we are familiar with reactions like panic, shock and depression. But those clearly are not the only or the best responses to death. … Continue reading

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In the Face of Death

Why would anyone tell someone that has had a death in the family, “Take care, now. We all have to die sometime?” It sounds preposterous and insensitive, yet it happens all the time. I postulate that the reason behind this … Continue reading

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Keeping Family Together

Who makes up your family? How has it changed over time? What would you do to have the elders still alive instead of quietly inhabiting a gravesite? What would you ask them? What would you both laugh about? How would … Continue reading

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A Life of Purpose

Wayne Dyer in his book Wisdom of the Ages quotes poet George Bernard Shaw: “This is the true joy in life: The being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.” I couldn’t agree more. Shaw contrasts … Continue reading

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Life is Certain. Death is Not.

Certainty is one of those things that we often relate to death. Also taxes. My father died on April 16th, 2011, literally a few hours after the traditional tax deadline. Even if taxes are certain (which they ought not to … Continue reading

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Death is the Devil’s Domain

The book of Job is an ancient book and deals with good versus evil. Job, a good man by God’s own assertion, gets beaten to a pulp by Lucifer… with God’s permission. Job’s children die, his cattle, and finally, his … Continue reading

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Ten Days, Now I See

I sat with my Dad for nine of his last ten days. I watched him go from weak to unresponsive and unable to control his elimination to not-my-Dad. I think I am now ready to see this without the veneer … Continue reading

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