As many of you know, on December 4 my loving father, Charlie Honig, died in his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was a force in my life. And he will always be the hero of my life. He infused everything with conviction, integrity and determination.
The Torah speaks of Kings, prophets, matriarchs and patriarchs but the highest honor of all is the Keter shem: “The crown of a good name.” My father was royalty. His crown was forged from a lifetime of good deeds, his pure soul, and his distinctively positive character.
One of the guiding principles of Charlie’s life was to NEVER, EVER, EVER GIVE UP!
Despite two bouts of fourth stage non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, losing his only son Gary to an asthma-induced heart attack at age 35, and then having five strokes, becoming totally paralyzed, and loosing his ability to speak in full sentences, he relearned how to walk and talk only to have subsequent strokes strip away all that hard-won progress. Throughout these past eight years everything was stripped away to Charlie’s essence. What was left was his indomitable spirit, his inner strength, his boundless gratitude, and most of all, LOVE.
Charlie never became angry or despondent.
Charlie never complained.
He never lost his dignity. He hated when I cut his food, and insisted on feeding himself.
With his faux tuxedo bib, he was elegant and courageous.
He always persevered and triumphed.
Many people have asked to read the eulogy so here it is
May his life and memory continue to inspire me so that I can dedicate the rest of my days to inspiring ill children and their families to heal and being a source of love and light to people in need of hope.
If you are feeling a bit stressed and need to rejuvenate yourself, please join me and other leading experts including Barbara Fredrickson, Todd Kashdan, and Joan Borysenko at the Embodied Positive Psychology Summit at the Kripalu Center in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains in Stockbridge, MA. On May 1-4 we'll explore an embodied experience of whole-person well-being and the science of love. You'll learn research-based tools for cultivating love and happiness and practice those tools through movement, play, meditation, yoga, and more. I will be leading a SoaringImagery session. Learn more and register here
Wishing you strength and love,