Yeah, I know. "Death" and "contest" in the same breath sounds just a little creepy. Maybe that's what I like about it.
Earlier this week, we talked about one of the social taboos of getting old – women's hair loss. It is rarely spoken of or admitted to which means there is little good information and many women suffer through it in silence with no one to talk with.
But if you think hair loss is out of bounds, try bringing up a discussion of death at your next lunch or a dinner party. You won't get far. Hardly anyone talks about it.
Throughout the early and middle parts of our lives, the eventuality of our demise seems far enough away that we can pretend it's not there, but that becomes pretty much impossible after age 60 or 65.
Although it has been awhile, here at TGB we have discussed death and we will again – particularly in regard to Carl Jung's seven tasks of aging one of which is “facing the reality of dying.”
So, I want to pass on a important and useful book that could help navigate these fraught waters. It is not that Enjoy Every Sandwich by Lee Lipsenthal, MD has such a new message - Tuesdays with Morrie covered similar ground: to live and love fully, to embrace every moment. But it is remarkable how frequently we humans need a fresh perspective on this ancient lesson which Dr. Lipsenthal eloquently gives us:
Dr. Lipsenthal died in September 2011, a few weeks before Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day as If It Were Your Last was published.
Here is what we're going to do today. To promote the book, Random House/Crown has set up a giveaway especially for TimeGoesBy. One (1) winner will receive a $25 Visa Cash Card and two copies of Enjoy Every Sandwich - one to keep and one to pass on to someone else.
To enter the contest, leave a message in the comments section below (no emails). That's it. If you have something to say on the topic of living with the inevitability of death, that's good. Or not. The only requirement is that you state your interest in winning the books and Visa card. Typing "Me, me, me" would do it, too. I'm not fussy.
The contest will close tonight, 6 January 2012, at midnight Pacific Coast time.
It is open only to people with U.S. and Canadian mailing addresses. The winner will be chosen in a random, electronic drawing and announced on this blog Monday 9 January 2012.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Stroppy: Eccentricities of Being Eccentric No 1