With a heavy heart and still much disbelief, I am letting you know that my co-author, Richard Israel has died. He has been battling colon cancer for 2 years and chose a quality of life provided by hospice for his last two months.
About 2 weeks before he died I was able to spend a wonderful day with him and his family, he was in fine spirits, telling stories as he always did. We were also able to have one of those very meaningful conversations to share, to ask, to say and to wrap up all those things you want / need / wish to. He said it was a gift to know an approximate ‘end’ date as it allowed him to complete his business here. Richard taught me so very much and was such an inspiration and unwavering support over 34 years.
Our ‘baby’ is born!
In typical form he was writing a book during his last days, it was with Mind Chi Mentor, Donna Kim-Brand, the topic is using your natural energies and what he learned from dealing with his cancer. I will inform you when it is available.
What are the lessons that I learned from Richard that I hold most dear?
1. Tell stories – make them big, expressive and funny.
2. Make sure you play every day.
3. Make time to listen and support the ones you love.
4. Even seemingly ‘crazy’ ideas can make sense if you wait a while!
5. Be sure to drink your tea in a ‘tinkling tea cup’.
6. Find synonyms for the word ‘give’.
7. Be authentic and abundant and the most recent lesson
8. Say those important things you want to say while they are alive.
Thank you, my very dear friend, you will live long in happy memories.
OK, it is the 11th January and I have YET to start my New Year routine…. I thought if I confessed a few more of you might fess up as well. However, the really important part is what to do about it? Are those goals and plans really important to you and me?
The classic interpretation of how to change says there are two basic states, either the pain gets so great as to force a change or the desire for the end result is so strong you feel you have no option. Do either of these fit for you? Is either the negative push or the positive pull working for you? In both cases the situation is usually quite extreme and life isn’t always that black and white.
May I suggest a third option? A curiosity and interest to explore the adventure! The ‘end result’ might be achieved; however the journey along the way to its culmination will be good in and of itself. And knowing the wonderful richness of life something better may come up along the way. Must keep those doors open!
What will I do? I will start with teeny steps, 5 minutes of exercise is better than none and knowing me, if I do 5 minutes I’ll be so enjoying myself, I’ll want to continue. Same with my music – pick up that guitar, hold it, pring the strings, find a favourite song and see if the chords are not too difficult!
JUST DO A BIT!!!
Let’s check back in two weeks with each other – please tell me any nifty ways you have found that helps you help yourself to do what you want. Best of good fortune to you!
YOU ARE IN CONTROL OF YOUR CHOICES! Will you or won’t you?