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May 22, 2008

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What an insightful post! I wonder if you've ever read anything by Byron Katie! I think you'll find you share a similar message!

I have seen Byron Katie's work. She dips from the same stream that nourishes me. Even before I read your post, I was thinking of including something that her husband Stephen Mitchell published in his translation of the Tao:

#44
Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.

Mitchell and Katie met long after he published this work... they, too, dip from the same stream, which includes the Tao and every other path of Wisdom.

Wow you are an amazing lady! I happen to be a breast cancer surgeon(and have a family originally from Lebanon) and many times my patients thank me or say how wonderful I am, but what I try to tell them is how amazed I am at their strenth. You guys who are going through this always inspire me! I always get back so much more than I give.

I just found your blog thru no impact man and will difinately stop back.

Beautiful. When I was 25, my father passed away suddenly of a massive heart attack. My mom was diagnosed with cancer the day of his funeral.

Obviously, were I to choose, I would choose to have my father back and my mom never to have had cancer. But you don't get to choose, and I have to say, that I never really realized until then what amazing friends I have. I never really realized until I was tested, how resilient I, and all humans, really are. I never fully comprehended that life is fleeting, and that when it is good, we need to relish in it, instead of focusing on the one thing marring our perfect picture.

Thank you for this post. It really spoke to me.

leila, this is so gorgeous, just like you. beautiful, shining, powerful glowing love.

Your philosophy is beautiful. That you find meaning in the moments, in the everyday moments, that is what life is about.

Kudos to you for figuring this out and for sharing it with others.

If I am -- God forbid -- ever in this position, I hope I can approach it with your bravery and spirit and insight. I fear I wouldn't be able to. But it's a wonderful model to aspire to.

SF

Thank you all. I am grateful.

Stephen - I was no brave soul when this business began. I used to tremble and cower before the tiniest blood draw needle. And facing mortality? Ugh.

I think all of us have great resources within. We never know how or under what circumstances we will be tested and tempered. Life will hand all of us troubles. Making something good out of them is our task.

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