We just celebrated Easter, the holy day symbolizing hope. Without hope, life is negative, empty, and very sad. It is an expectation for something to happen.
Living without hope creates ill health. A person gives up and lives with futility. Bitterness, jealousy, and anger take over their spirit. The fictional character, Ahab, from Moby Dick, was such a person. The captain’s goal was a destructive one, which ended up destroying him.
Here are some simple actions to change our negative attitude to one of hope:
Never compare yourself to others.
Set a goal and try to reach it.
Give everything a chance before rejecting it.
Be well groomed.
Let others know how their negativity affects you.
Surround yourself with positive, hopeful people.
Be active in the things that make you feel whole and happy.
Its tentacles reaching out
Fear nudges, faith is shaking
Like an oak, hope's roots grow deep
For the most part is your attitude positive or negative? Are the people in your life smiling or frowning?Is your glass half full or half empty
To outshine any challenge, even cancer, can be done. It is not always easy but applying the right tools will help you to learn, grow, and find peace and joy.
Excerpt: I faced my diagnosis of cancer by using the same coping methods I have used throughout my life. I grew up in an alcoholic family where I was not immune to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. My methods to survive and rise above this frightening and oppressive environment were to use positive affirmations, put my trust in God, and have a burning desire to live free of those types of people and behaviors. Then and now, I surround myself with family (some of whom I adopted) and friends who can be powerful sources of strength and love.
I learned from my grandmother and adopted aunt that attitude, acceptance, and determination are important factors in healing the body, mind, and spirit. Those women were, and still are today, wonderful role models for me. They each succeeded in living healthy and productive lives through their positive attitudes, looking at life on earth as a stepping-stone to an even greater place. They worked hard and saw each obstacle as a challenge. Thanks to them, I have always used the word challenge instead of problem, test, or trial. I like challengesbecause I envision positivity, winning, learning, and growing.
OUTSHININGHAPPINESS AND HEALTH
RAYS OF SUNSHINE SURROUND ME
STRENGTH, CONFIDENCE, FILL MY SOUL
PERFECT LIFE SUNSHINE ABOUNDS
GREY CLOUDS OF DOUBT AND FEAR
A LIGHTENING BOLT STRIKES
CANCER BURNS DEEP IN MY SOUL
GRIM REAPER, DARKNESS, SHARP SCYTHE
PRAYERS, LOVE, AND FAITH
CHOOSING TO LIVE EACH MOMENT
SUNSHINE BRINGS HEALING
EACH SOUL’S BEAUTY CAN OUTSHINE
CHEMO, FEAR BRINGING BACK LOVE, JOY
Since my initial diagnosis in 2008 and the original publication in 2012, there are new medications, treatments, and awareness. My award-winning book is more informative and inspirational as the reader travels with me on my 15-year journey.