Enjoy Every Sandwich

Enjoy Every Sandwich

Living Each Day as If It Were your Last

Book - 2011
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This book is a culmination of what I've learned. I hope it will open the door for you to embrace your humanity, accept uncertainty, and live a life of gratitude. -from Enjoy Every Sandwich

As medical director of the famed Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Lee Lipsenthal helped thousands of patients struggling with disease to overcome their fears of pain and death and to embrace a more joyful way of living. In his own life, happily married and the proud father of two remarkable children, Lee was similarly committed to living his life fully and gratefully each day.

The power of those beliefs was tested in July 2009, when Lee was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. As Lee and his wife, Kathy, navigated his diagnosis, illness, and treatment, he discovered that he did not fear death, and that even as he was facing his own mortality, he felt more fully alive than ever before. In the bestselling tradition of Tuesdays with Morrie, told with humor and heart, and deeply inspiring, Enjoy Every Sandwich distills everything Lee learned about how we find meaning, purpose, and peace in our lives.

Publisher: New York : Crown Archetype, c2011.
ISBN: 9780307955159
030795515X
Characteristics: xix, 195 p. ;,20 cm.

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mathewhome
Apr 24, 2012

Dr Lee Lipsenthal begins Enjoy Every Sandwich with a lust for life epigraph:

The fear of death follows from the fear of life.

A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. Mark Twain.

Since the mortality rate in life is one hundred percent, Lee asks us to embrace every moment of our mortality and let our awareness of death ground us.

His brief memoir is a story of how both grounded and fully alive this man is and was.

To become mindful of that moment of death is not so much about no longer being afraid to die, for who is not at least slightly fearful of that unknown, but of living each day fully in its moment. When would any of us consider it a good day to die? Perhaps you have an answer, but most of us would say, to really choose a day, there would be no day.

But, there will be a day. Some face it sooner, some later. Lee’s theme is that the cure for racing through life is a radical intervention of the soul that makes one choose to enjoy each and every sandwich, every day.

The title plays on the discovery of his terminal illness,which he actually found while eating a sandwich. Lee, who faced his own mortality sooner, inspires us to live life with gusto, playing with enthusiasm and feelings to others and self. Being fully alive each and every day has nothing to do with the presence or absence of a life threatening disease. It has to do with perspective and acceptance of our mortality. It is about living in crescendo so that when that time does come, it will indeed be- a good day to die. A day that just might be entry into the biggest adventure of all.

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stqoya
Feb 14, 2012

This is an account of every day, every minute written by a man who knows he has less than a year to live due to a cancer he has developed.

It is NOT mournful or depressing, but an inspiration for all on how to live each day properly.

I am moved and motivated as a result of reading this wonderful book.

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Brise
Feb 06, 2012

These cures require us to stop racing through our busy lives, working, providing, and consuming. Some cures require that we stop and enjoy every sandwich. p4
I had suffered from the chronic diseases of our society: fear, stress, depression, and anxiety.
I know that anything that could be learned could be taught. p5
I hope it will open the door for you to embrace your humanity, accept uncertainty, and live a life of gratitude whether you are facing the end now or not. At any moment, in an instant, life as we know it can change. p7
We teach what we most need to learn. p13
I became free of what life was supposed to be and able to enjoy life as it was ...is. p56
Relationships are always the main ingredients of most people's sandwiches, and you could say that gratitude is the bread that holds it all together p164
The world's light has dimmed a little in losing you.
You were a true gift to us all.

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