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Live Life Abundantly

April 5th, 2009
1. an ample quantity; 2. affluence,wealth, 3.relative degree of plentifulness.

This weekend I watched the movie "7 pounds" in which Will Smith tells a woman to "live life abundantly."

"Abundance" as defined above may at first glance suggest richness in monetary terms, but it's most meaningful connotation is, in my opinion, what Ben Thomas (in the movie) suggests--a combination of being blessed, happy and appreciative of the gift of life.

For those of us who are spiritual, "living life abundantly " captures what should be the essence of daily life--optimism, appreciation, and service.

However, we can all lose sight of life's gifts when faced with challenges like illness, job loss, or simply the ups and downs of living.

Watch 7 pounds and you will be uplifted, I hope. When you find yourself a bit choked up in this, or any movie, or even teary-eyed, it's a great opportunity to reflect on how abundant our lives are, or can be.



Maryann Mazzaferro

Dr. Tomaino
I agree- What wonderful words of wisdom and encouragement you give- abundance- to live life to its fullest and be appreciative of what you have. As you stated, this can apply to so many areas of our lives and reuires us to overlook so many of the difficulties that face us in society today. the movies i understand is really good- I intend to see it. Sounds like the type of movie that gives a lesson we can all learn from. great to have a physician whose messages deliver not just medical knowledge, but a "positive" outlook on life in general.

April 8th, 2009 @ 1:37 pm

Live life abundantly. This lesson is found repeatedly in scripture and I am sure we have all heard it, albeit in different contexts, at some point in our lives. Actually following it is a different struggle.
Dr. Tomaino, many of your previous and later blog posts have all come to similar conclusions. We should all strive to live our lives in the best way that we can. We must strive to become the best version of ourselves that we can be. We are ‘to become what we will become’, right?
It seems that no matter how much we try to live this way we will, at some point, mess up. This is human nature. We can read the best books, study under the best instructors…basically have the full arsenal at our disposal…yet we still fail. I have even posted in other blogs about how I have strived to maintain composure even in the face of great pain. I have learned that it just isn’t possible to remain 100%, 100% of the time! I HAVE reached a few ‘turning points’ over the past months that have led me further on, only to reach yet another, sometimes taking me somewhere different.
In a later blog, you talk about ‘living in the now’. If we can just get back to that, we can really see things aren’t so bad. I was reminded last night just how important it is NOT to continually live ‘in the past’ or to be in anticipation of tomorrow or next month. I took my 7yr old son for his first ice skating lesson. Now, mind you, this is a kid who has spent the last 5 years (basically his whole life) working through symptoms of Autism. He didn’t walk or run normally, didn’t talk until 3, and was delayed globally. He had no clue of any of this. We as his parents were forced into that life as well. We couldn’t make any speculation for his future. We were the only ones who saw his life as a struggle though; he was blissfully unaware.
What happened Wednesday night was a true testament to his hard work. At the start of the lesson he couldn’t even stand up. Forty-five minutes later he was able to propel himself forward to cross the rink, he’d fall…get right back up and keep going without assistance…all the while grinning from ear to ear! The instructor did notice that he progressed a bit slower than the others, but then reassured me that he’d be fine in a few weeks. She didn’t know of his diagnosis.
My son reminded me how important it is to live life to the fullest regardless of life itself.

Thank you too, Dr. Tomaino for helping me stay on track.

Live life abundantly…keep plodding on….tomorrow never knows.

September 17th, 2009 @ 8:03 pm

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