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from the publisher’s desk
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your home and business.
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per year on home insurance and $400 on auto insurance
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from the editor’s desk
David W. Fuller
THIS MONTH’S INTERVIEW with Michael J. Fox
is a story about optimism, about being positive,
about reassessing priorities as circumstances
change. Overarching all these themes in this man’s
life is one more theme: transcendence.
Transcendence is one of those concepts that
may be easy to grasp intellectually but difficult to
actually practice. Opportunities for transcendence
abound in daily life: to breathe deeply and drive
on, despite all the idiot drivers on the road; to
accept the tattoo on your daughter’s ankle; to
focus on your job, without letting it completely define your life.
Most of us take advantage of such opportunities to transcend, and therefore
control, our responses to what happens around us. Transcendence becomes more
problematic as we broaden our view beyond our daily lives, to issues of health, to the
political arena, to the social and economic world of which we all are a part, regardless
of income or locale.
So, just what is transcendence? How does it differ from denial? How does one
transcend without being selfish? Is it a matter of always putting the past behind us,
and, if so, what about the importance of being grounded in the past? Is transcendence
the same as transformation?
If you think I have the answers to these questions, think again. I merely raise them
because I believe that what Michael J. Fox has to say about his life—and what I think
he intends to convey in his May 7 television special—may provide some clues to the
practice of transcendence.
And transcendence may be just what the doctor is ordering for all of us at this
particular time. C
David W. Fuller is Assistant
Vice President, Publishing, and
Editor of The Costco Connection.