If faith is putting our lives in God's hands, then prayer is the transaction that allows us to do so. Prayer is the language that connects us. Like a child seeking the face of her mother, prayer enables us to seek the face of God.
When I was eight years old, I rushed into the kitchen afflicted with a cut on my wrist. She cocked one eyebrow, looked down her glasses and calmly responded in her Southern drawl to the screaming child in front of her. "Well, you're not deaaaaad yet."
My friend, my supporter, my colleague -- whom I shared so many deeply personal stories with, as he shared stories of his life with me -- was leaving this world. I would no longer be able to call him, to see him or speak with him.
Brilliant scientists, including Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, thought it possible to someday "cure death." Dmitry Itskov, the "godfather" of Russia's Internet, predicted that the technology that would allow him to live for 10,000 years would be in place by 2045.
I awoke with a start at yesterday morning and in the silence of the early day I waited. I waited to hear the little snuffling of her nose. The shuffle...
photo credit: Jarosław Pocztarski Even if you aren't a religious person or adhere to any particular faith, you can't really escape the whole Easter ...
My Uncle Morton died on March 10 at the age of 89, and the circumstances following his passing opened my eyes to an entirely new reality of possibilit...
To make room for loss, do what you can to open your heart and breathe the breath of life. The more you fill your heart with love and appreciation, the more space you make for healing and growth. Here are eight ideas:
It's not going to be easy. It will take time -- too much time it feels like, but your dreams are possible. Don't let your dreams die with you -- like they did with my father. They are in your mind and heart for a reason. We only get one life to live. Make it count.
I've not caught a body while working myself, but my current boss's body count is 8, and a prior boss of mine is well into double digits. I did have someone drop from a coronary in front of me, but he died in the ambulance (Yes, hoteliers know exactly how many on-property deaths they have been privy to in many cases. Unless you've lost count...).
I was honored that it was me she chose to share her last breath with, that it was my face she chose as her last to gaze upon and my voice she wanted to hear lulling her gently into God's loving arms.
Somewhat recently a cardiac arrest survivor I helped to resuscitate was diagnosed with a terminal disease. This brought about the question, is it better to go quickly, not knowing the end is near, or is it better to have extra time on this earth, but know that you and your family may have to endure an end full of potential suffering?
I know in time, things will feel better. It really does help heal. I still have some really sad days. I have some incredibly happy days, too. On a lot of days, I feel both. But still I grieve... which for now, is exactly what I need to do.
She lives on in all of us, but mostly she lives on in you.
Like this flower, my essence still the same. I know that if I go deep into my own self I can connect to the source... I can connect to emotions... I can connect to my gratitude... I can feel easy in life again.
Recently, the brother of a close friend/co-worker died in his sleep. His other sister happened to come over in the morning to visit him, and discovered him on the floor. (Heart attack. He was only in his early 60s. Very sad.) It got me thinking...