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Giveaway: Enjoy Every Sandwich – Living Each Day As If It Were Your Last

By on Jan 15, 2012

Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely. – Buddha

Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day as If It Were Your Last by Dr. Lee Lipsenthal delivers a simple, but powerful message: Be grateful for something every day, and remember to live fully, love well, and enjoy every moment.

Lee worked at the well-known Preventive Medicine Research Institute. As medical director of the Institute, he helped thousands of patients to overcome their fear of pain and death and to embrace living life with joy every day.

In his own life, happily married and the proud father of two remarkable children, Lee was similarly committed to living life fully and gratefully each day.

Lee’s beliefs were tested in July 2009, when he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

As Lee and his wife, Kathy, navigated his illness and treatment over the past two years, he discovered that he did not fear death. Instead of fearing the future, he took the time to practice gratitude, connect with his loved ones, and make every attempt to live a full life with each breath.

Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day as If It Were Your Last is Lee’s lasting gift to his family, his friends, his colleagues and to each of us.

Lee Lipsenthal died on Tuesday, September 20, 2011. It is now my honor to spread Lee’s message with this special book.

The Giveaway

There are two ways you can win 1 of 3 copies of this life-giving book:
1. Share how you make every moment (and every sandwich) count in Comments below. This can be how you show gratitude or connect with loved ones every day. You can also share a quote that reminds you of the preciousness of every moment. Reading by email? Just click here to visit the blog so you can leave a comment, too!
2. Tweet: RT @thebridgemaker @EESandwich Giveaway: Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day As If It Were Your Last

You can enter until midnight Central Standard Time on Thursday, January 19.

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Personal reflections

I’m contacted weekly from book publicists asking me to review a book they are promoting. Because of other time commitments, I politely decline most of the requests. Other times when I agree to receive a copy, I will write back informing the publicist the book did not resonate with me.

When I received Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day as If It Were Your Last I knew after reading the first chapter the book was special.

Lee’s natural and honest writing style made me feel like he was talking to me. However, what touched me most, beyond the book’s powerful message, was realizing Lee Lipsenthal was no longer with us. This made the book more special and filled with deeper meaning.

I got the sense Lee meant every word. Moreover, he wasn’t trying to motivate through his story; he was trying to comfort us, even though he was the one facing death.

Beyond connecting with the central theme – live each day as it if were your last, I also connected with three other powerful messages Lee shares:
1. Write down three things you are grateful for, each day.

I found that if each night I wrote down three things that I was grateful for, each day was filled with more fun and joy. Fear and anxiety began to fade. ~ Lee Lipsenthal

2. The goal in life is not in the doing but in the being.

Before enlightenment chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. ~ Buddhist proverb

3. Today should be a good day to day.

This is a Native American expression used in battle. Today I die for a good cause, but it can also mean that if each of our days is lived fully, without remorse, with love and service, any day is a good day to die. ~ Lee Lipsentha

Even though I read the book in one afternoon, its meaning will stay with me forever.

Learn more about Enjoy Every Sandwich

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  • J

    I am someone who is in the process of getting reacquainted with “the Buddha Mind.” Having experienced SATORI first-hand, I think I am somewhat accomplished spiritually/personally. However, it’s all about perspective. While, when I first had this transformative experience, I felt a sense of tremendous pride; later, I felt a sense of shame at understanding/coming to terms with my own hubris. Now, I realize that there is still more for me to LEARN and TEACH, as I am now.

    Everyone has goals, without exception. As I refine my own, I also make time to LISTEN to others and UNDERSTAND the things that are important to them. While a certain amount of detachment is necessary for development, compassion is just as valuable. For me this means being “available” for the needs of others, whether I have “too much” (or “not enough”) time.

    One of the quotes that (I think you shared, Alex,) has had a profound impact on me was in the words of Gautama Buddha himself, “IT IS BETTER TO TRAVEL WELL THAN TO ARRIVE”. . . To me this means welcoming and appreciating our companions; after all life is a JOURNEY and NOT A RACE and we fly farthest when in formation.

  • Jesline

    Dear Alex,
    Thanks a lot for sharing this. absolutely inspiring & touching…indeed a good job.

  • Ramniyata

    Enlarge your hopes and expectations. Don’t be afraid to up the ante. Just because you can’t see it happening doesn’t mean it can’t happen. As long as you have hope, you have something to look forward to. Hope gives you something to wake up to because you’re living in expectation that something good is going to happen