In October 2015, I traveled to Japan to backpack the Japanese Alps and visit family. Within 24 hours of my arrival, my Ojiichan (grandfather) was diagnosed with inoperable cancer and given 6 months to live. Seemingly in perfect health, cancer could not have chosen a more blameless victim. Instead of my expedition, I spent my time at home with my Ojiichan in what I knew would be the last days we would ever have. We had fourteen days to say goodbye; fourteen days to live the only way my Ojjichan ever knew how – fully alive, fully present, fully in the gift. I tracked those fourteen days via social media in what I labeled the #14gifts – the simple lessons learned from a magical human who lay dying, yet stood fully alive. Of course, those gifts grow abundantly more than those two weeks gave me and far beyond his lifetime. This blog is my dedication to ever increasingly grow those gifts and live boldly in all that he continues to give this world.
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By grace, through faith.