Lance Armstrong, that incredibly driven cyclist character, once said something about perspective and attitude. Now he’s is probably second best known for his recovery from cancer, but about that he said: _______ “I take nothing for granted. There are only good days and great days after chemotherapy.” _______
When you live through something has nasty as cancer and chemotherapy everything becomes a bonus.
And yet here we are with a pretty good life, and it can be so easy to fall into complaining, into taking things for granted, into focusing on what is wrong with our lives.
When you face challenges of any kind, they can serve you (as in being of service to your highest good) to highlight what is good and great about your life. Things formerly unnoticed start to come into focus. All of a sudden it can become clear how wonderful your life actually is, now, as it is.
And yet you can get through the average day without even appreciating how good it is just to be alive, to taste the coffee and breathe the air and walk across the Earth.
If I exist for one thing, it’s to remind people (and as I remind you, I remind myself) of how great things already are. The importance of, instead of waiting for a better moment, loving this one ...
Not so you don’t do anything, but so you can be of the greatest use to the world, free from stress or struggle or negativity.
Because you don’t want a wake up call like cancer. You don’t need it to wake up. Choose to wake up the easy way.
It just takes a little reminding now and then, it takes prioritising what is truly important to you, and practicing now, when the going is good.
The more you practice, the more you remember. The more you remember, the more you become what you practice. Doing this means overwhelm and negativity and feeling lost becomes a memory. A memory. You free yourself from all of that.
Thank you for you, and go well! Arjuna