Every morning we wake up, no matter what the circumstances surrounding us, we have the choice to “be happy.”
Isn’t that an amazing gift? We have been given the choice to make whatever design we wish for our lives…after all we have been granted “free will”… but the successful lives learn early we can’t do it without listening to God’s advice and guidance.
Linda Carson, my friend, oncology “chemo” nurse, and mentor gave me this pillow for my birthday. (title photo) I love it! It was Linda’s sweet demeanor, quiet sense of humor, and encouraging presence that made my chemo treatments, not only bearable, not only tolerable, but a growing experience in acceptance and love.
There were people, throughout my treatments, over varied periods of time, who came through the door with different backgrounds and attitudes but, with very few exceptions, who, also, became close colleagues in the time we spent together.
We had a bond….a special bond…we all had a disease that was life-altering. We could share hopes and fears with each other – (“strangers” at first) that we couldn’t share with family who didn’t want to hear the possibility of a permanent detour from life.
And we were happy. I know that sounds bizarre…but I have memories of more laughter during chemo sessions than any time else. Shyness and awkwardness melted away quickly and happiness at being alive and accepted by a group of people who shared this same medical challenge, in all forms, was uniquely freeing. No bars held back!
Grandma Moses said it best: “Life is what you make it, always has been, always will be.”
Today, thanks to modern medicine, we have more people living with all types of cancer than ever before. We hear (more often) the term, “Not curable but treatable” by physicians… when only a few years ago it would have sounded like “Not curable or treatable.” The length of time between ‘OR’ to ‘BUT’ can provide millions with a new “orbit” on life.
Haven’t all of us experienced episodes when we got the breath knocked out of us or perhaps we stayed underwater too long before rising and gave out just as we emerged from the sea, lake, or pool?
Don’t you remember those panicky seconds when we didn’t think we would ever breathe again? When we couldn’t catch our breath and the only thing we wanted in all the world was just one more breath?
We soon discovered that a top priority in life is simply breathing…simply being alive. Today the basic act of breathing in and out, that I took for granted for so long, makes me so happy!
As for me…while I can continue to orbit my life around family and friends who support me unconditionally…I am happy. I am very happy! Happy is my choice off the smorgasbord of life.
So please excuse me, if I keep this post short, I have some happy things to do with the rest of my day and I must be on my way. Joy is peeking out behind happiness and it would be a shame to leave it waiting for me to discover it any longer.
Until tomorrow… Choose happy.
“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh
*Here are three photos that make me happy.
- Mandy’s birthday present to me – a “lit-up” battery operated BOO sign! It stayed so overcast yesterday I could turn it on in my den for extra lighting….Love it! Boo!
2) Mandy and John also got me this giant mum with buds so tight you can’t tell the color…what a surprise I have in store!
3) Boo’s Garden Poster….my garden makes me SOOOO HAPPY!