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Sophie Sabbage here looks back at her life with the wisdom that has come from a deeply human confrontation her own mortality.

Cancer awakened in her a brand new, fresh receptivity to learning about the ego mind (which wants to live forever) and the nature of reality.

She writes that life awakens us through the harshest cuts of human experience in order that we may flourish and fly. Her teacher's teacher, Viktor Frankl wrote, 'The last of the human freedoms is to choose your own attitude in any given situation, to choose your own way.'

Since she was told she was soon going to die she has applied this wisdom to life's great turning points - to relationships with parents, friends, lovers and children in losses, griefs and betrayals. Sophie writes. What if the great events in our lives are not random, but deliberate? What if every event, without exception, is designed to bring you home to your most authentic self and, more, turn you from the course of your fate to the trajectory of your destiny - like wind in your flapping sails?

This is not an abstract, high-in-the-sky narrative that can only be enacted by the likes of Mandela, who liberated South Africa from a prison cell, or Gandhi, who liberated India in a loin cloth. It is a nitty-gritty, down-on-earth possibility for anyone brave enough and awake enough to engage in this inquiry. It is nothing less than a new approach to dealing with suffering.

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