OK. I know that it sounds like I’m going to start wearing white robes, shave my head, and start taking donations but I promise you that this not what’s going on! Here’s how I see it. If you follow my blog or, if you know me, then you probably know that I have faith in God and that I am trusting God (good news or bad) for the outcome of my life. Here’s a post that I wrote on having faith. You can read it Here. That is all well and good but, faith is NOT what I’m talking about here. It does not matter if you have faith or not. I cannot stress the importance of positive thinking….especially for the cancer patient. Let me explain.
The Importance Of Positive Thinking When Things Look Bad
So here I sit with holes in the boat, the crew has abandoned ship and even the rats have jumped ship and are floating away on driftwood as the ship goes down slowly. I think I even heard one of the rats mutter something nasty. Worse yet, there are storm clouds on the horizon and, to say the least, things are not looking good. Now, I’m not saying that I’m walking around in denial with a stupid smile on my face and ignoring the facts but I am staying positive.
You see, it’s like this. I may only have a few years left but, then again, I may live 20 years. Now, I know that the doctors have all told me that this is not going to happen but just look at some of the survivors with AIDS. They were told the same thing and then they found treatments that allowed them to live long and normal lives. Sometimes I think they key to survival is hanging in there long enough for a cure.
Now, imagine that I’m blessed with 20 years. I definitely don’t want to live 20 years in misery waiting for the end to come. You see, everyone has to meet their maker and none of us knows when. If I have 2 years left then I want them to be as happy as possible. If I have 20 years left then I want them to be as happy as possible and not pass miserably while I only see the bad side of things and wait for the end to come.
I have chosen to stay positive. Don’t get me wrong….I have to deal with the good AND the bad but don’t we all? I want to enjoy the life I’ve been given…even if it’s only one day at a time. There are people who love us and care about us and if you have faith….well, then look up every so often and breathe in the night air and say a word of thanks for those pretty stars, clear night skies and the bright and beautiful moon. It’s all there for a reason. 🙂
Here’s a quick video about positive thinking and health. It even has tips to help people move from a negative to a positive way of thinking. I think you’ll enjoy it.
I’m Not an Optimist
Now, as much as I enjoyed that video I would not say that I am an optimist. I would consider myself more of a realist. I don’t believe everything will necessarily work out for the best BUT I choose to focus on what is good in my life everyday rather than the negative things.
Finally, stay encouraged. Fight hard against the cancer and fight just as hard for your life. Don’t let your illness steal your life. Maybe you will get those extra years. And….if you stayed positive they will be happy ones, right?! You can do it, I know it….and as for me….I choose it.
Stay strong and keep fighting,
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