Every time I go to the oncologist’s office, even if I am totally wiped out from my treatments or illness, all I have to do is look around the waiting room or the infusion room to realize how lucky I am. Not lucky that I have cancer, but lucky that I am not doing worse than I am. Because believe me, there are always a bunch of people who are worse off than you are at any given time. On those days I always find myself saying a silent “thank you” for my relative good health and offering up a prayer for strength for the other patients dealing with their cancers.
Life is funny that way. No matter how bad you think you have it, all you need to do is look up and pay attention to put things in perspective. But we are normally so busy working or worrying about the matter at hand that we don’t look up. I know because I was the poster boy for that.
It really is a shame that it takes a major setback to shake us up enough to pull our heads out of the ground and look around. How fortunate are the few people who do not need to be slapped in the face to see the value of what they have right in front of them. Hopefully we can all learn something from them and live our lives appreciating the good things we do have, instead of killing ourselves to get the things we don’t have.
Sounds easy to do, right? But we all know it’s not. We have to constantly make the conscious effort to live this way. But speaking from experience I know it is worth it.