Make Every Second Count!

January 9, 2015

The year 2015 started off with some very sad news for me. On Jan 1, 2015, my friend, Mark, who I paddled with on a dragon boat team called the Gift of Life, passed away unexpectedly. The Gift of Life Dragon Boat Team is comprised of individuals who actively promote organ donor registration and transplantation. Many on the team are organ recipients.

Gift of Life transplant Victoria Canada

Mark is in the first row, second from the right.

About two years ago, Mark had a heart transplant and unfortunately, had some complications in the last few months. He was a fighter right to the end though, and had such determination to live. Even with all he had gone through in his life, he was always positive, had such a gentle and kind spirit, and had the most amazing attitude.  He lived his life to the fullest, touched so many lives, and was an inspiration to many.

Summer lily dew Mimi Luk


Mark’s death impacted me deeply. I had my kidney transplant just a couple of months before Mark had his heart transplant. Although I am doing fine, the fact is that organ rejection can happen at any time, without any warning. With the sudden lost of Mark, my goals and focus for 2015 became clear. He reminded me of what is important in my life  – my health, my family, and my friends.

This meaningful reminder frames my goals for the new year:

  1. To be present in the here and now! That means not to dwell in the past and to not worry about the future, but to live in the moment and to live life to the fullest, taking advantage of every opportunity!
  2. To spend time with those I love!  Nurture those relationships we treasure. Don’t take these relationships for granted. Appreciate those we love and those who love us.
  3. Make my health a priority always!  When our lives get busy, it’s too easy to neglect our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. It’s crucial to be healthy in every aspect of our life and to have a balanced life.
  4. To always be grateful! We all have something or someone to be thankful for. Gratefulness attracts gratefulness!

Van Dusen Gardens Spring Mimi Luk


As “life happens” and challenges come our way, how do we stay focused and accomplish our goals?  By keeping our perspective and remembering:

  1. What is important to us.
  2. Who is important to us.
  3. Who we are and what our values are.
  4. To stay true to our authentic selves,
  5. To be still and listen to our inner voice.
  6. To surround yourself with like-minded people
  7. To stay in the present moment
  8. To do what brings you happiness
  9. To pursue your passions
  10. To be fearless.

Purple geranium Mimi Luk


Since my kidney transplant in Dec 2012,  Mark is the first organ recipient friend I have who has passed away. He has reminded me of how precious life is and how I have to make every second count.

Life is precious. Treasure Every moment!

Life is precious Treasure Every moment Mimi Luk


There is no time to waste. I have to live life to the fullest. None of us knows what tomorrow brings. The reality for me is that kidney rejection can happen at anytime, without any explanation. Knowing this propels me forward to live my life with no regrets and to fulfill my life purpose. Knowing this, I seek to inspire and empower all those I come in contact with, and to leave this world a better place.

Orange Dahlia Dew Mimi Luk
Rest in peace, Mark, and thank you for your spirit which will always live on. I will miss you. Know you have left the world a better place, my friend.

Love & Light,


I’d be so grateful if you can share this post on your social media and would love to hear your comments below ♥

Be Sociable, Share!

Mimi Luk

Posts Twitter Facebook Google+

Mimi Luk is a personal and professional life coach. Grateful to be alive as a kidney recipient, she is also a health and wellness advocate. Mimi has achieved her knowledge and insight from both personal and professional circumstances to allow her to become an empathetic coach. Her experiences have made her a true believer in the power of intent and the unlimited possibilities of transformation. Currently writing her first book, she believes it will inspire readers to begin their journey of self-discovery, and to have an abundant life filled with peace, love, and joy. Please contact Mimi for information on coaching sessions in-person, by phone, or online via Skype.

6 responses to Make Every Second Count!

  1. Mark was a true lover of life, he loved his family and his friends and we all loved him back. The world was better with him in it and now he is looking down on all of us. I know for me, life will never be the same, he was my rock, my partner in crime, my co-ranter and my friend. When the sun shines I will know that Mark is smiling down.

    • Thank you for your comments, Tanya. Yes, Mark truly lived his life and had a huge heart with lots of love to give. He was so caring and I’m sure he’s watching over all of us. Life may not be the same without him, but I’m so grateful for the time we did have together. Those are the moments that I will always cherish with joy and gratitude.

  2. Mimi,

    I am grateful for all of the beautiful words you’ve written about Mark. I connect with your message. Thank you very much.


    • You’re very welcome, Ben. Thank you for reading my blog and for your lovely comments. I really appreciate them. Mark was a very special man and I’m so grateful that you’ve connected with my message. Take care and be well.

  3. Such a touching tribute to Mark. We’re really going to miss him on our team. And your words about appreciating each day as it comes are so true.

    • Thank you so much Paula. Yes, we will all miss Mark, but his spirit will always be with us. It is so important to treasure each moment and to appreciate all we have in our lives. Bless you always, my dear friend.