I remember attending an Anthony Robins seminar years ago and clinging to the statement: “Everything happens for a reason and a purpose, and it serves us.” Although I wasn’t able to see it while going through a divorce and the loss of a job of 16 years, with time I could see the truth of that statement.
Last year I was diagnosed with a life threatening illness that has a less than enlivening survival rate. I know that we move in the direction of our most dominant thought, but I struggled to stay in the present moment (where peace abides). I wished I had never searched for the statistics which my logical mind seemed to crave, but it soon became obvious that I was not going to find hope or peace of mind by searching the internet.
I don’t know if I was really “at peace” with the situation, or in shock, but there was a calm about me before surgery. I know that I am more than my body. I’m not afraid to die, but I really got in touch with WHY I want to live. I have 4 great kids and 8 young grandchildren, ranging in age from 10 mo. – 7 yrs. When I am around them I get to see my old patterns and belief systems that I want to move beyond. They are my mirrors, and yet I moved out of state when my 1st grandchild was only 1 year old. I have gone back to visit them every 3-4 months, but now it’s time to move closer to them.
As I prepare for my move, I’m very happy to report that I’m in full remission and doing well. I continue to work with the metaphysical aspects of my illness, but how it serves me is continuing to unfold. I thought I lived in gratitude and appreciation before my diagnosis, but clearly this has taken that to a whole new level. I appreciate the many friends who have kept me in their prayers and feel incredibly blessed and grateful for the gift of LIFE!