I am 12 and my great aunt, Etty, is taking me to lunch. Etty is in her 60s, but to me, she's about 100. She leans over the table, raises her bright-red polished fingernail at me. 'Let me tell you some thing, Honey. We only come this way once. But if you do it right, once is enough.' This is good news. This is bad news.
NBA and college basketball great Jimmy Walker once said to me, 'Ray, you were one of the best outside shooters in college basketball and the highest vote getter in Boston history, when you were Mayor of Boston, so now that you are out of politics and sports, does all that excitement and meaning in life come to an end? Basketball is over for me, so what happens next?'
Through my work with thousands of patients over the years, I have discovered that illness can serve as a catalyst for a new and improved life, if the situation is approached mindfully. Someone with heart disease, for example, can use the illness as an opportunity to get into and enjoy moving her body.