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   Originally published 2-26-10
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Tim McGraw, Marcus Aurelius, Henri Nouwen, Og Mandino, Rabbi Nachman, Jonathan Swift


Dear Readers,

So there I am on the treadmill, walking fast and going nowhere, when Tim McGraw's
great song, "Live Like You Were Dying" comes on. In addition to making me want to
take up bull riding, it reminded me how liberating it is to acknowledge our limited time
on earth! It's like having three incredible chocolate truffles: you eat each one slowly,
savoring the creaminess thoughtfully, letting the chocolate thrill your taste buds!
But if you were gifted with two pounds of truffles every single day, you'd scarf 'em
down whenever you felt like it and probably go days without bothering to eat any.

We begin dying the day we're born. We don't know how many chocolate truffles
(read: metaphor for days) we've been given. If we deeply savor each one and
treat those people in our lives accordingly, our days will be rich and yummy...
and we'll better live lives of profound love.

- Lisa

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He said, "I was in my early forties
with a lot of life before me
when a moment came that stopped me on a dime
and I spent most of the next days
looking at the x-rays
Talking 'bout the options
and talking 'bout sweet time."
I asked him when it sank in
that this might really be the real end
how's it hit you when you get that kinda news
man, what'd you do?

And he said,
"I went skydiving,
I went Rocky Mountain climbing,
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fu Manchu
and I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter
and I gave forgiveness I'd been denying."
And he said, "Someday I hope you get the chance
to live like you were dying."

First verse and chorus: "Live Like You Were Dying,"
by Tim McGraw (1967 - )
American singer/songwriter and actor


And you will give yourself relief, if you do
every act of your life as if it were the last.

Marcus Aurelius (121-180)
Roman emperor, Stoic philosopher


Our life is a short opportunity to say "yes" to God's love.

Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Dutch priest and prolific author

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Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were
going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care,
kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no
thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.

Og Mandino (1923-1996)
Speaker and inspirational author


If a dead person were allowed to return to this world and
pray, you can be sure that he would pray with all his might.

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810)
Founder of the Hasidic Breslov dynasty

The Last Word:

May you live all the days of your life.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)
Irish essayist, cleric, poet































































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Seize the moment. Remember all those women
who waved off the dessert on the Titanic.

Erma Bombeck (1927-1996)
American humorist and author


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