Sunday, December 5, 2010

Wise Words

Dr. Ira Byock (an advocate of the seriously ill and their families) has written a book called 'The Four Things That Matter Most' and in it he sites four phrases that he feels can improve any relationships we have in life:

1. "Please forgive me."

2. "I forgive you."

3. "Thank you."

4. "I love you."

And in working in 'end of life' care he has reclaimed 'good-bye' to it's traditional 'God be with you'. He says it is a Blessing we can all use, whether we are parting from someone for an hour, a day, or at the end of a lifetime.

I found that so touching.


  1. God be with you my sweet and loving friend for such a thought filled post! Love Di ♥

  2. EILEEN-

    Very touching and wise words to live by, regardless :-) I so appreciate how you share the most loving and inspiring experiences, quotes, and so much more

    Love to you always

  3. I have this book Eileen, I love it and I think you are wise to post this.....:-)Hugs

  4. Such wise words.
    Whenever someone says to me, "God be with you." or" Or "God Bless you" I feel an immediate peace and calm.

  5. Thank you, Ladies!
    And, Jill, what a wonderful feeling, to truly feel God's peace and His calm over you. I agree!

    And, Bernie, I thought of you when I read about how Dr. Byock works with people nearing the end of their lives here, I'm not surprised you have this book.

    Have a wonderful week, Girls, I'll be visiting you soon!
    Love and Prayers,

  6. Not just for END of life...ALL of life! God be with YOU and yours, Eileen. What wonderful words to integrate EVERY day into our lives! What a different world it would be....Thanks for the gentle (but powerful) reminder.

  7. These are wise words indeed Eileen! It is a powerful reminder to all of us. I don't have that book but it is one I will look for in the future. Thank you for posting about it.