“WE ONLY HAVE CONTROL OF ONE THING – OUR ATTITUDE- HOW WE THINK AND HOW WE BEHAVE”
“…I had a choice: To accept the life sentence and give up on my dreams or to open up to the possibility of letting new dreams unfold.”
Wise words spoken by Ellen Schwartz who has just written a beautiful book called ‘Without One Word Spoken; 18 Life Lessons from Jacob’. Jacob is her beautiful first born son who has a rare, fatal, neurodegenerative illness that attacks the central nervous system. It’s called Canavan disease, a disease for which there is no known treatment or cure. Fighting to live and smile each day as he does is a challenge and that is why Jacob is a hero to everyone including myself.
“Living with someone who has a life threatening disease is beyond difficult. It can sometimes feel impossible. But in many ways, it is also a gift. It challenges your perspective on life, pushing you to think and act beyond the ordinary into the extraordinary. And that’s what this book will do in your times of need. The life lessons in ‘Without One Word Spoken’ are based on the ripple effects of an extremely precious life – a life that could have been tragic and yet has somehow managed to fill so many lives with hope, joy and merit. These lessons are the result of the choices we make and the mindfulness of our thoughts and actions as we live each day.”
Ellen is my inspiration. In the process of caring for Jacob who is now miraculously 19 years old, and their two other kids Bevy and Ben, Ellen and her amazing husband Jeff Schwartz have managed to give so much to others on SO many levels. It literally boggles my mind. Continue Reading