Jewish Journal

Death and Life

by Misha Henckel

June 26, 2009 | 9:49 am

Misha Henckel is a Los Angeles-based personal and executive life coach. Her executive clients are generally leaders of entertainment and media companies who are focused on re-inventing themselves and re-envisioning their organizations. She is founder of Life Mastery Circles, a workshop series for women, and is co-founding a new organization for empowering and developing women leaders. She can be reached at www.mishahenckel.com or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Yesterday certainly brought shock to our collective consciousness. Fifty is far too young an age for anyone to die. And as maligned as Michael was in this last decade, with his passing we are certainly seeing just how much he impacted the lives of others. More than anything, though, we are shocked that he would leave so abruptly. While I myself still cannot believe it, I know there is a message here for all of us.

We live so much of the time, stuck in our heads, stymied by frustration, and paralyzed with fear. Useless emotions, they serve no purpose but cause our lives to shrivel into bitter nothingness. We can spend hour after hour, day after day, month after month in the vice-grip of these dark places within ourselves. OR, we can choose to open our arms wide, rip off the protective coverings on our hearts, and embrace life and all that it brings. We can choose to suffer through life, or to delight in each moment. Life is meant to be lived with our whole heart and our whole soul. Anything short of that is not worth it.

Today - Live. Feel. Surrender to the fullness of each breath.

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Misha Henckel is a Los Angeles–based branding specialist and the CEO/Founder of True Face Branding. After more than a decade as a leading life coach, Misha now works with...

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