I have been trying to remind myself that what “happens” to you is NOT all that significant or important. What is important, is WHAT YOU DO with what “happens” to you and the wisdom you are able to draw out of it. That wisdom can be significant – and that is the part of you can can make a difference.
Different- we are all different, aren’t we? We speak different languages, we have different religions, different interests, we even have different eye color, and skin color. We all struggle with different things. But we all struggle, do we not? Sometimes we allow our differences to come between us, “we” don’t believe that..”we” are different then “they” are. And our differences become walls, barriers. Different has a way of poisoning us at times.
Maybe, even though our circumstances aren’t identical, and our lives aren’t the same- we are not as different as we seem. We all experience anger, sadness, confusion, shame, frustration, joy, excitement…
I have been in many situations where I’ve experienced pain and shame and fear…too many, and now I’ve been given an opportunity to share not just share my stories but to share my laughter and joy.
I was offered a chance to do a photo shoot as a cancer survivor. I thought about it for awhile and I felt honored to be chosen. And honored to have the experience. And it was truly an honor.
Most of the time I believe there is no “you” or “me”. I was a survivor then, just as I am now; seeing life and death, ugliness and beauty, joy and pain. You are too. We are not that different. We all laugh. We all cry. We all sing. We all dance. We all live. So breathe, my friends. Laugh. Cry. Dance. LIVE. Live life out loud, knowing that the only differences that keep us apart are the ones you choose to hide behind.
Kick fear in the face…I did today- and it felt awesome!