The quote on this card I made resonates for me right now. We all have had things happen to us, but it is what we do with what happens to us that makes us who we are. A recent experience of my own has served to remind me of this. Last March, the position I held at a company I worked at for 4 1/2 years was eliminated and I was laid off. Wasn’t totally surprised. Things had been slow at work & I felt this was an opportunity for a little “me” time. I decided to get all my medical exams done. One of those was a mammogram. They found cancer. Two surgeries later I was told the cancer I had was a fast-growing type and that I should consider a year-long chemotherapy treatment, along with the radiation treatment I would have to do. I was stunned. Questions kept rolling through my mind; why me?, did I do something to cause it?, how will we pay for it all? It was like I was walking around in circles, mulling over all these questions, each step feeling heavier than the last. Then suddenly I stopped. I looked the situation squarely in the face. I embraced it. I realized I could not change what has happened. However, I could control how I handled it. Almost immediately after recognizing this truth, I felt a cloud lift. I could see the path I needed to take. I’m now 5 months into my chemo treatment. Radiation therapy is done. These days my steps feel lighter, like being lifted up to my true self. Mark Nepo’s book “The Book of Awakening” has a wonderful tagline that serves as a reminder to all of us that enjoying a full life requires that we embrace all the things that happen to us:
“Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have”
Enjoy your day.