As I write this, the crickets are chirping energetically, clouds are slowly moving in the sky, the light effects are beautiful at this golden hour before the sun goes down, creating a peaceful atmosphere. Earlier this week, I had a conversation with another cancer survivor in which we both expressed our admiration of the complexity of our universe and the beauty of life…everyone and everything has their place, meaning, and purpose….all seems to be perfectly orchestrated, in an almost unimaginable manner….allowing you to trust its automation and to focus on the busy-ness of life….in cruise control mode…..
But when your body goes out of sync…..and develops cancer…..then we get reminded again of the fragility of life, the world, and the universe….a humbling experience.
At that point, when you find yourself facing a disease that has the potential to alter the course of your life, nothing else may seem to matter anymore….values that you used to pursue with great strategy and devotion (e.g. career, wealth, societal expectations) lose their priority practically in an instant…..and values such as love and time become more important…
Love. An encounter with cancer makes us feel more vulnerable. And may encourage us to seek from and give comfort to persons all around us….anyone….loved ones, but also strangers….it may allow us to see the beauty in people and things around us that we did not really pay attention to before….
They May Forget What You Said, But They Will Never Forget How You Made Them Feel. Source.
Time. In the end, we are always running out of time….a 24 hour day is never long enough…..we may have lost so much time to being sick that we would like to catch up on life…..we may not know how much time for living we may have left, or how much precious energy you may have to make it through the day…..these uncertainties may urge you to prioritize the essentials…..and to keep life as simple as you can and/or want…..the things you would both want and need should be pursued, while those that you don’t want nor need should be avoided….and matter that you either would want or need should be reevaluated.
There is something very refreshing and liberating about a healthy and personalized dose of minimalism in every aspect of our life.
Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom. That doesn’t mean there’s anything inherently wrong with owning material possessions. Today’s problem seems to be the meaning we assign to our stuff: we tend to give too much meaning to our things, often forsaking our health, our relationships, our passions, our personal growth, and our desire to contribute beyond ourselves. Want to own a car or a house? Great, have at it! Want to raise a family and have a career? If these things are important to you, then that’s wonderful. Minimalism simply allows you to make these decisions more consciously, more deliberately. Source.
We are all unique…..we all have our own set of values, principles, obligations, and desires…..I encourage you to feel free and allow yourself to follow your passions….and make new memories that will carry you and your loved ones!
Thank you for visiting me! Please…find below a few things for education and entertainment!
Learn and Think:
Its cucumber time, or also a slow-medical news-season. Give your brain a rest!
Live and Feel:
The lyrics of Lady Gaga’s song “Always remember us this way” fit well with this blog’s content.
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