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Life Makeover for the Year 2008

Week 19 – Lessons of Loss: What death teaches us about life

May 12, 2008

Dear Friends,

This week we introduce a new movie in our webstore called: Try It On Everything, a film about the healing power of EFT, the tapping techniques that you may have read about in past newsletters or heard about on our telegatherings with Gary Craig (the founder of EFT – Emotional Freedom Techniques) and Dr. Carol Look. Carol is a Master EFT practitioner who uses the therapy to help people lose weight, heal anxiety, overcome blocks to success, etc.

The movie describes the tapping technique, teaches you how to use it, shares insights from experts who use tapping in their personal lives and in their work, and highlights the real life stories of people who tapped on things like back pain, loss of a loved one, insomnia, food cravings, and more. It’s a great introduction to this work and I’m excited to be a part of it. To learn more about the film visit here.

I’ll be visiting Chicago at the end of this month to present at the Celebrate Your Life conference along with Debbie Ford, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, and other great teachers. I hope to see you there! You can learn more about the event here.

Have a great week…

Love,
Cheryl

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“Oh heart, if one should say to you that the soul perishes like the body,
answer that the flower withers, but the seed remains.”

–Kahlil Gibran


Topic of the Week – Lessons of Loss

Yesterday Michael and I attended the memorial service of a good friend’s dad who died suddenly while helping a neighbor with a project at his home. The service was moving and sad and inspiring all at the same time. Of course his family and his loved ones are reeling from their unexpected loss. As I wrote about last week, there’s nothing more painful than losing someone you love.

As difficult as a memorial service or funeral may be, there’s always the gift of being reminded of what really matters — the connection we share with one another. During the service I was struck by a few things. First, there were sides of this man that some of us knew nothing about. He was a generous soul who volunteered his time in prisons and at drug rehab centers, he helped build homes for Habitat for Humanity, and he was always ready to lend a hand to anyone in need. As I listened to his son (and our friend), Jonathan, talk about his father’s legacy, I thought about my own dad. A week earlier, my parents had visited, and as I spent time talking with my dad about the early years of his life, I was amazed to discover things about him I never knew. I thought to myself, “There’s a deep well of experience and wisdom inside this man and I want to know more.” Imagine what you may not know about the loved ones in your life.

Jonathan’s dad gave his grandchildren the greatest gift any grandparent could give — the gift of his time. At one point during the service, several grandchildren got up to read pieces they had written about their grandpa. It was heartbreaking and telling. While a couple of children shared memories of receiving a favorite toy or being taken for an ice cream, what mattered most was the amount of quality time their grandpa shared with them. He took them for walks in the woods, sang songs with them while driving in the car, and took them to the beach to search for treasures along the shore. Not one child said that he or she would miss the ice cream or toys. They wanted more time with him. I left thinking about who I’d want more time with if they were suddenly gone.

I didn’t know our friend Jonathan’s father very well, but by the end of the memorial service I wished I had. And that’s the point. Saying goodbye to someone is the wrong time to wish you’d spent more time with them. “Right now” is all we have to share with one another. As much as I hate the sorrow that comes with saying goodbye, I feel grateful for the gift — the reminder to spend quality time with those who matter most.

I share this gift with you today…


~*~ Take Action Challenge ~*~

Stop for a moment and think about who you’d regret not spending time with if he or she were suddenly gone. Then, pick up the phone and set a date to talk, to visit, or to spend some good quality time together.


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