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Summer Reflections                                                                    August 2006

As I reflect on the events of summer 2006, I am struck with an enormous amount of gratitude and a greater sense of being present "in the now" than I've ever had. It's funny - as many books as I've read and seminars I've taken, it took something more to really "get" that concept at the cellular level, as more than just an intellectual understanding. For me, that "something" was a car accident.

My little Ford Escort was rear-ended by an SUV - a simple accident that left very little damage to my vehicle, but had a brutal impact on my neck and back which haven't been the same since. I had no idea at the time how much that one moment would change my life and cause me to confront my own mortality more than anything previously ever had - even my diabetes.


Twin Towers MemorialAs an autoimmune disorder, Type I diabetes is not preventable, and with no history of it in our family, I just had to accept that it was one of those freakish things that was part of my destiny. With a car accident, however, there was someone to blame and their carelessness was the direct cause of all this pain, grief, and drama - none of which was my fault - and I was angry. But all things considered, I got lucky.

There are people who lost their homes due to raging forest fires caused by the careless flick of someone's cigarette. Parents have lost children to drownings in backyard pools after being distracted for just a moment. Kids are hit by traffic in their neighborhood when out playing with their friends…life changes in an instant.

With the anniversary of September 11th fast approaching, I am reminded of those people who simply showed up for work that day and lost their lives due to a senseless act of terrorism.

None of us knows for sure what is in store for us on any given day. But what I do know for sure is that this moment is precious. It's all there is. Make it count.

Cheers and all my love,






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