His attitude was jovial and optimistic that next morning, and as a family, we reflected his optimism. We were united together in our faith and prayers. The looming questions of “what if” were something we chose to push to the back of our minds. But after the surgery and pathology reports were back we had yet another choice to make. How do you cultivate gratitude when your son is diagnosed with cancer?
One of the most memorable experiences I have of being fearless was also one of my greatest failures. I tried out to be a cheerleader in the spring of my 10th grade year of high school. Two of my good friends had been cheerleaders that year, and I had sat “alone” in the bleachers while they did their thing during games. At the time, I envied their cute uniforms and thought it would be fun if we were all cheering together.
The good Samaritan did not stop to consider how the man got himself into his predicament, nor did he assume he was suffering because of his own foolish decisions. He was kind simply because it mattered.
Loyalty. A fairly straightforward word, attribute, and characteristic. We expect it from those we are closest to, but how often do we contemplate our loyalty to our beliefs, values, and others.
Since comparison is the thief of joy, and that is what makes life so fulfilling, let us stop missing out on life! Let’s be brave and dare NOT to compare. Let’s embrace the gift of being who we are!
Sometimes we are our own worst enemy. Our discouragement and doubt can drown out our desire to find success.
There is something about the clean slate of a new year that causes most to reflect on the past and determine what we would like to accomplish in the year ahead.