Thursday, June 21, 2012
GRATITUDE - June 21, 2012
I AM GRATEFUL FOR LESSONS LEARNED.
When diagnosed with any kind of Cancer, it is common to envision the water of your life drain from your glass until "half-empty" appears in your view. As long as there is any water left in your glass of life, we are blessed. Is it half full or half empty? We have the power to choose our view.
The key? Stay strong; review ALL the great things in your life. We all have more than we realize. Watch every sunrise (you probably can't sleep anyway). It is a miracle created daily just for you. Post treatment, you are that new sunrise emerging from darkness.
The extra "belly button" I got after my feeding tube was removed, was my symbol of being born again. Post Cancer diagnosis, you have a new life. Long or short, we have the power to decide daily to savor the gift that is “life.” We all have an end to our journey eventually. When one can see the end of the road, the days increase in value.
When I was younger, it was a given that I was going to never get old and of course, I would surely live forever. At 64, I am acutely aware that I am at least in the fleeting moments of the third quarter or perhaps fourth quarter of this game of life. Choose to finish strong, whether it be 100, 1,000, 10,000 days left in the game.
Some of my favorite "motivational reminders" of the value of our days:
· "Never, Never, Never Give Up" - Winston Churchill
· “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the one thing I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.” - a variation
· "Dream as if you will live forever, live like you will die today.” - James Dean
· "The bad news is that time flies. The good news is: You’re the Pilot.” - Michael Altshuler
· “We do not choose to be born. We do not choose our parents, or the country of our birth. We do not, most of us, choose to die; nor do we choose the time and conditions of our death. But within this realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we live.” - Joseph Epstein