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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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  • Dia

    Hi Alex,

    Indeed my friend, giving gratitude for what we have and living in the present is something we should all be doing. I personally have a gratitude list that I go over daily for over 30 minutes and trust me it makes a big difference in my day. Thanks for sharing my friend

  • I have written about that Native American expression before–it is a powerful message to not die in advance, but to live each moment to the fullest. Like the zen story about the man chased by tigers who jumps over a cliff and catches himself on a branch. He looks down and sees tigers below. Out of the cliff side is growing a ripe strawberry. He picks it and eats it. “Delicious!” he exclaims.

    In addition to the other great gratitdue ideas, I try to find something to be grateful for in relation to something I am NOT feeling grateful about! A quick example–I might be feeling whiny about the rain in the winter, but I’m grateful for the lush green vegetation in our part of Oregon in the summer.

    Sounds like a great book!

  • lisa

    I smile at everyone,and say hello. Sometimes when I am feeling adventurous, I wave to strangers in other cars. I almost always.get a wave and a smile.back.

  • Today is tomorrow. It has happened. You are here.

  • Moushira

    “In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”

    Brother David Steindle-Rast