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Monday, October 31, 2011

Turning Fear into Faith--A Tribute to a Life Well Lived

A Life Well Lived   
"The universe is the stage on which you dance, guided by your heart."
"The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment."
"Delight the world with compassion, kindness and grace."
"Grace brings trust, appreciation, love and compassion."
"Laugh because that is your purpose in life."
"Happiness is every human beings birthright. Be happy so long as breath is in you."
Yogi Bhajan
Today as I was contemplating the passing of a highly spirited, well-loved woman, Faith Sinanan, I came across these simple Yogi Tea messages from the Yogi Bhajan. As I read each one I was struck by how each described Faith's life all the way to her last breath. She embodied a life well lived and served as a model for all who knew her.

What does a Life Well Lived Mean to you?

When someone we know dies it moves us to contemplate the meaning of our own lives and how we want to live. What do we believe creates a life well lived? When we are gone, how do we want to be remembered by those left behind? In the end, what will others consider our legacy--how will they describe us?
  • What do you think of these words to live by?
  • Do you believe in guiding your life by such words? 
  • How would you rate your life at this moment?
  • How does it measure up to these guiding principles? 
  • If people were to examine your life after your death, could they say you were one of those rare people with a life well lived?

Faith Sinanan--A Life Well Lived 

Faith Sinanan drew her last breath on October 18th after a long battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family and supported by a vast network of friends.

Faith was one of those people with an effervescent quality that drew people to her. She was a warm, funny, high spirited woman who laughed often, enjoyed life, and delighted those around her with compassion, kindness and grace.

I loved that her name was Faith and her warm and fuzzy dog is named Grace.

Faith Sinanan (on right) with friends
 Want to help in the fight against cancer?
Faith's family asks for remembrances to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Donor Services, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas TX 75265-0309

1 comment:

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Susan, I have lost dear ones who had lived "lives well lived." And at their memorials, listenting to all the wonderful things about them, I have contemplated what could be said about me when I'm gone--an exercise that could be quite powerful if thought of often enough!