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The Power of Example

When battling any type of illness hope is a major factor in maintaining focus.  It’s amazing the power that our minds have over our bodies.  Our belief systems influence the fire within and it’s that fire that propels us to take on tasks and overcome obstacles we never thought possible.  Imagine if we truly harnessed the power of our minds?  I think we’d offer the medical community a huge boost in survival and remission rates.

So who are your examples as you strive for wellness?  I was watching the Democratic National Convention (DNC) and Senator Ted Kennedy gave a formidable speech.  His words were important, but there were other aspects of his appearance that were momentous.  The fact that he’s in treatment for brain cancer is amazing.  The fact that he left the hospital last night in order to make the appearance at the DNC is amazing.  The fact that he stated that he would be on the Senate floor in January is amazing.  Do you see where I’m going?

Senator Kennedy didn’t put qualifying statements in his speech.  He didn’t say, “If I’m well…” or any self message that would impede his journey to wellness.  He made declarative statements and those sentiments vibrate throughout each cell in his body.  He informs his body that he has a mission to complete.  He’s not playing victim to his body or to the cancer.  Just as he has throughout his life; he’s facing the illness the way he has every other challenge, with fortitude and determination.

Are there any guarantees?  Of course not, but don’t you believe that his attitude and determination give the cancer a run for its money?  You may not have all the eyes of the country on you, but you do have a circle of influence who is cheering you on, supporting your efforts to get well and will take your lead on how to respond to you as you face your health challenge.  In that moment, you become the power of example…that’s something that is to be applauded and becomes a living legacy.