I am grateful.
It was four years ago that I thought my life was over. I was given a death sentence. I could not fathom how I might ever be thankful for what life had just dished out. To my friends. To my family. Most of all…to me.
Life had not been fair. For 56 years, I had my share of struggles. Most of them I did not ask for, but they seemed to find me. And now, I was going to die.
“Six months. A year. Two, if lucky,” the doctor said.
The Universe had other plans.
That was four years ago.
What I have learned in these four years is that none of us really knows as much as what we think we know. We are not as smart as our education level might predict. Whatever the statistics may suggest may not come to pass.
No matter how difficult the situations in life may be, we can still be grateful for the experiences that will give us a new outlook…a new meaning for the life we live, and the odds that we may overcome.
Through the challenges and struggles faced in life, possibilities are presented to us in ways we never dream can give us joy, and show us the strength we possess at our very core.
All of life matters…and EVERYTHING transforms us.
The lessons are many…
Slow down. Be in the now. Love openly. Forgive. Breathe deeply. Keep moving forward. Don’t look back. Live mindfully. Show passion for life.
Tell your stories…they are beautiful, and complex. Maybe even complicated. But they matter, and need to be told.
So, I thank the Universe for showing me that I can keep going. And I will do my best to tell my stories with an open, grateful heart.