In honor of my wife’s memory, and to help continue her amazing legacy, I will be republishing over the next few months some of her writings, which not only give an insight into how amazing she was, but really helped inspire so many people around the world.
My plan is to also publish her writings in a book, along with testimonials from those who were somehow inspired or helped by her (whether by her writings or good deeds). If that includes you, please send your experiences to me at israellycool-at-yahoo-dot-com.
Soul Fruit – My Journey (Video)
First published Dec 23rd 2015
Over the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to different groups; to doctors and medical students, the general public, and for institutions and organizations. As anyone who knows me sees, I express myself openly and shamelessly via my writing and social media. It’s an honor and also humbling to receive feedback. Through my outreach and via my writing, I’ve met people in person and virtually – from around the world who have touched my life in ways I never would’ve known.
Public speaking, for me, is enjoyable because I’m so passionate about the subject matter. I’m passionate about spreading my message and about saving lives. Whether it’s inspiring or informative; that’s for any individual to decide. I don’t TRY to inspire. I view myself as a vessel with a purpose. I’m just a tiny grain of sand on this temporary part of this journey called: life on earth.
My life is a Journey. We are all on a Journey. This past year has been full of ups and downs and most recently, in May, I took a nosedive to one of my lowest points ever. I’m regaining my #Happylanche – one of the many goals of my Journey which includes creating my own avalanche of happy events for myself and hopefully others.
Every life, even the longest of lives, is a tiny part of existence. Our bodies are temporary and mostly serve to provide home and shelter to our souls.
In this talk, I give some background about the cancer, BRCA mutations, and mostly I talk about how cancer is just one of the many parts of who I am. We all suffer from something and it’s my choice to keep moving on my own path – running with the cancer while remembering that this physical life is temporary and I have a purpose; each and every one of us has a purpose.
We take nothing with us to the Next Life except for our souls. I’m on Earth to cultivate my soul. I can grow a raisin, a peach, or a mango. I’m here for a reason. I’m here to make my soul juicy; so why not a big fat juicy watermelon?
I’m very passionate about these thoughts and beliefs and so speaking publicly feels like a recreation. I enjoy speaking to groups and luckily have had quite a few opportunities. A few weeks ago, I had the honor and pleasure of speaking to a group of women in Ramat Bet Shemesh, Israel. Two seminary girls recorded my talk on their iPhones and I’ve edited the recordings into a shorter version. It’s about 27 minutes.
I don’t claim to be inspirational or special. I do know that I have a purpose and I do know that some of the information that I share is potentially life saving. I am just a grain of sand on this immense beach that makes up my world. I hope I don’t fulfil my purpose on Earth too soon. My life is in His hands.