Today is the 11th anniversary of the liver transplant that saved and transformed my life, November 20, 2006.
My donor was a 70 year old Italian grandmother from Staten Island, NY. This year I reached 70 and move on in humble gratitude to her and her family. I know that two of my donor’s grandchildren were 8 and 11 when I was struggling for life. Now they are 19 and 22. I include them in my thoughts as I seek daily blessings for all who are facing life’s challenges and transitions. You, too, can be someone’s hero. Please take this moment to sign up on your state’s organ donation registry. A single organ and tissue donor can impact eight lives.
What have I learned in the 11 years since 2006?
Some Random insights
As humans, we feel very much alone, separate from everything else, and vulnerable. This is simply a limitation of the human mind, not the fullest reality.
The truth I choose to believe in is that we are individual beings, but never alone. We are always connected to all that is, ever was, and ever will be – across time and space.
Adherence to a religious practice is not a pre-requisite for connecting with the mysterious forces of the universe. The key to access is faith, not religion.
Faith is an equally mysterious force: an openness of and to spirit that has little to do with the human mind or patterns of behavior.
When facing challenges, it’s best to rely on all possible aides: logic, science, faith, love, inner awareness, friendship, etc.
The human body is more adaptable and resilient than we typically believe. It is a miraculous model of synergistic cooperation for the common good.
I am more than a placeholder in the scheme of things. With every breath, thought, response, smile, or careless word –
I make a difference.
Every phase of life is filled with possibilities for
discovery and joy.
There is much more to be thankful for
than to complain about.
Attention can be as meaningful as intention when engaging with others.
The natural order of things is from less to more complex. From solitary to inter-related. The most basic design is a spiral – the Fibonacci Sequence. We are all along for the ride; sit back and enjoy.
The generation gap is a Mobius strip.
The Möbius strip or Möbius band (pronounced UK: /ˈmɜːbiəs/ or US: /ˈmoʊbiəs/ in English, [ˈmøːbi̯ʊs] in German) (alternatively written Mobius or Moebius in English) is a surface with only one side and only one boundary component. The Möbius strip has the mathematical property of being non-orientable. It can be realized as a ruled surface. It was discovered independently by the German mathematicians August Ferdinand Möbius and Johann Benedict Listing in 1858.
My heart centered life’s purpose is simply
to sit in God’s palm radiating divine love.