from Prescriptions for Living
Bernie Siegel

  

I want to leave all who read this book with a gift of my favorite recipe for Life Pudding.  You deserve a reward for your courage, determination, and inspiration.

First, set the time aside to prepare your life pudding without interruption.

Then, take a liberal helping of love and stir in enough compassion and commitment to create the desired consistency.  Season liberally with humor and blend the ingredients until they meet your taste.  Set aside to rise to the occasion while you prepare the icing.  When it is firm enough, place it in the form you desire.

Mix action, wisdom, devotion, prayer, and chocolate syrup in a large container.  Layer it thickly over your life pudding, whatever form it may take, making sure to cover all the corners.

Ask your grandparents to look it over and advise you about any changes in appearance or taste they believe are called for before you present it to anyone.

When you are satisfied with the result, garnish with reverence and devotion.

Let stand and season at room temperature until you feel it is ready to be served, and then serve generous portions liberally during your lifetime.

Protect from extreme heat and cold.  Remember that it is low fat and low calorie, and safe to consume in large quantities whenever you have a hunger for life.

The more you serve to others, the more fulfilled you will be.  Do not hurry the process.  Take time to savor what you have created.  If you do, you will find, as I have, that you will feel more full when you share your life pudding with others than when you consume it alone.  Actually, I find I don't need to consume much, because serving others is what nourishes me.
   

   

  

Prescriptions for Living
Bernie S. Siegel

A nice look at life from a formerly anal-retentive doctor who shaved his head, changed his name from "Dr. Siegel" to Bernie, and actually started caring for his patients. He learned more from the change than they did.

More thoughts and quotes on life.

  
    

As a doctor, I studied survivors--people who got sick but exceeded expectations.
Many of those exceptional patients had been given little time to live,
yet they were some of the happiest people I'd ever met. They knew,
or they discovered through their illness, which became their teacher,
that if you want to be happy, you must answer some key questions.
What are you here for? And how do you want to spend your limited time?
If your answer is that you are here to love, to serve others and not to be served,
then you already have everything you need to be happy. If you wake up
in the morning, that's enough; you are grateful for life and
the opportunity to contribute in your way.

Bernie Siegel

  


 
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