“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how, by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.” … Hippocrates
At some point in our lives we all face the challenges of living within a human body and whether those challenges arise within ourselves, within the body of a loved one, a client or the stranger at the water cooler they bring into the forefront of our consciousness the vulnerability and preciousness of life.
We come to realizations when disease makes its’ presence known and whether we allow ourselves to move into and through positive ah-ha moments or drop into pits of despair is, of course, a matter of personal choice. I suppose it helps if one has a positive approach to life to begin with; then finding that upbeat note isn’t as much of a reach. But Hippocrates is right in that we can produce amazing outcomes if we are just willing to do the really hard work – that of taking a good hard look at our inner landscape. The easiest thing to do is give up and adopt a “Why Me?” approach. Don’t get me wrong; “Why Me?’ has crossed everyone’s mind who has received less than wonderful news. The difference between the survivors, the fighters and the ones who inspire isn’t that they never wonder if or how they’ll make it, it’s that they never stop living their life with gusto, faith and eyes facing forward. One of THEIR realizations is that it’s oh-so-easy to get mired down – so why go there?
Lance Armstrong was at the pinnacle of his career when he got his news and he never stopped believing or fighting. He won his battle against cancer. Terry Fox was only 18 years old when he got his wake up call. And he inspired a world with his courage. And while his body didn’t survive who could ever forget his spirit!?! There are so many people out there who every day face health challenges that we can only imagine, who face them courageously and who inspire everyone with whom they come in contact. They have learned and demonstrated what Hippocrates knew; that by their own thoughts and actions they can benefit not only themselves but others around them as well. They have learned that their health and well-being, and that of their fellow humans, is a blessing to be celebrated, sought after and cherished. And they have learned to rise above their circumstances and be inspired and inspiring teachers and leaders
This week why not see if you can find the hero within yourself. Don’t wait until illness shakes the ground beneath you … look for ways to celebrate, to rise above and to be more no matter what your circumstances. If, at the beginning of this journey, you need to look for inspiration and heroes outside of yourself, then do your best to make your search a joyous one. It’s so easy to see the negative and the darkness in life. This week let’s celebrate the light. You may have to look for it … especially if you’re not used to seeing it … but it is definitely there and I promise you it will be worth the search.
Godspeed and safe journeying Everyone.