Norman Cousins, Adjunct Professor of Medical Humanities at the University of California, and later, Editor-in-Chief of Saturday Review of Literature, was quoted as saying: “Hope, faith, love and a strong will to live offer no promise of immortality, only proof of our uniqueness as human beings and the opportunity to experience full growth even under the grimmest circumstances. Far more real than the ticking of time is the way we open up the minutes and invest them with meaning. Death is not the ultimate tragedy in life. The ultimate tragedy is to die without discovering the possibilities of full growth.1

Unfortunately, we live in a day and age when people are beginning to think that everything should come to them. That they don’t have to go out and seek and strive to attain what will give them a satisfied and productive life. They have become content with what others can give them, not what they could achieve with study, hard work, and dedication to a mission and goal in life. So when they die, what can they point to as their contribution to society and the significant changes made by their being present in this world. As Mr. Cousins indicated, it’s like watching a flower die that never had a chance to blossom and bloom, or a thoroughbred colt pass away that never was given the opportunity to run the triple crown races it may have won. Don’t let that be you. – Dr. Robert R Seyda

1 Good Housekeeping, November 1989, p. 92

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Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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