Each day since January 1, 2014, I have been keeping a Thankfulness Journal as a way to help me get through my six months of chemo for my second bout with Colon Cancer. While it certainly wasn’t easy, for some reason my journal helped me to be more positive. Often times, I would mention my divorce with Devon and his Big Reveal in them, but it turned into thankfulness for that. Being thankful is a powerful tool. It cause you to think on a different plane and snaps you back to reality with a better feel for looking for positive stuff in the middle of crises. Try it. You might like it. You can find all of my Thankfulness posts on the blog that my ex and I run together by clicking here.
Day 220: August 20, 2014
Thankfulness for Despite
Despite this. Despite that. We all have things that we have to overcome despite the happenings in our lives.
Mine are cancer and divorce. What are yours?
If we don’t overcome them, work through them, face them… we can become bitter shells of what we are meant to be. Who we are at our core depends on overcoming the crap that happens, whether it is our own fault or the choices/failings of others who effect us.
We all know those people in our lives that when their number shows up on our phones, we hit “ignore call.” We have been bitten too many times by them with their bitterness and woe is me attitude. Nothing we say or do helps them move forward. Everything we say is met with a “but…” and we avoid those people like the plague. They are like a broken record, repeating the same ol’ shite over and over again.
I don’t want to be one of those people. I think I have been in the past. Yes, I talk about everything, and even repeat the same mantras… but I know that I have a heart for change and a fairly decent track record of moving forward in my life.
I don’t want to be the person who people see walking toward them and they try to come up with an excuse before I even open my mouth of why they can’t talk right now. So, I try to be cognizant of being like that. Won’t you please tell me if I am like that? I don’t want to embarrass myself.
Everyone needs to work through their stuff. Sometimes they need help from others. I am good with that because I can relate. Moving forward despite what life throws at you is a very big deal. Using those circumstances to help others move forward is worth talking about… as much as you can. But beating a dead horse isn’t pretty. Ever.
So, what can YOU use in your life from your past that can help others, and how can you keep moving forward without causing people to dodge your calls because they can’t stand listening to you? It’s a balance, and I’m proud to say that I while I will write about cancer and my divorce story many times in the future, I am not stuck there.
Cancer gone. I am happy. Life is wonderful.