“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. When challenge came a-knocking at my door I think that it helped a lot that I had such a positive approach to life to begin with; it made finding that upbeat note less of a reach.
The easiest thing for me, or anyone else, to do would have been to give up and adopt a “Why Me?” approach. Don’t get me wrong; “Why Me?” has certainly scooted across my mind once or twice over the last decade! However, I am and have always been a “watcher” – an observer of people and life. One of the things that watching other sojourners on this journey reinforced within me is that 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. As we all know it’s oh-so-easy to get mired down – so I learned to ask myself a couple of questions… such as: “Is this really where I want to spend my time?” and … my personal fave … “And this is helping me … how?” So … when there are dark times during which the sun seems permanently hidden, friends are hard to come by and I can’t find my way out of a paper bag; I remind myself that Life is the sunshine and the friend who is always present even when I forget It … and even when I forget myself.
Every day so many people face health and life challenges the likes of which I can only imagine: they face them courageously and inspire everyone with whom they come in contact. I so admire their courage and determination. They have learned; and demonstrate daily, what Hippocrates knew; that by their own thoughts and actions they can benefit not only themselves but others around them as well. They, and I, have learned that our health and well-being, and that of their fellow humans, is a blessing to be celebrated, sought after and cherished. And hopefully, somewhere along the way, we have learned how to rise above our circumstances, embrace the blessings of our lives and become the kinds of inspired and inspiring teachers of whom Hippocrates would be proud.
Godspeed and Joyful Journeying Everyone!