Posted in after the diagnosis, coping with chronic illness, coping with life threatening illness, living with chronic illness, Living with Illness

And the Tony Goes To…

This past Sunday CBS hosted the annual Tony awards.  The Tony awards are for Broadway theater, one of America’s greatest treasures.  There are lots of categories for the awards, but one that stands out is for musical orchestration.  Once the music/songs are written the orchestrator is the one who makes it all come to life.  They are the music magicians that add all the color to the work making it grand.

So if we were giving out an award for living life would you name yourself the winner?  Would you offer yourself the award for best orchestration of a life?  This is an important question because once diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening illness there are a cast of characters that become important in your life.  Your days and nights take on new challenges and it’s up to you to create flow from all the chaos.  It’s your opportunity to develop some level of order during these trying times.

There are lots of ways that you can add color to your life.  You can become mindful of your actions heightening your senses, making each sight, smell, taste, touch and sound more vibrant.  You can engage in ultimate self-expression allowing your emotions to flow freely and sharing your experience in some creative medium such as writing, singing, art, dance, etc.  Each opportunity that you take increases the level of your life on the orchestration scale. 

How are you going to enhance your life experience as you face your health challenge?  What will it take for you to turn up the volume on your life?  The skeleton of your life is apparent, but it’s how you orchestrate it that allows it to soar to new heights.  By orchestrating your life your level of inner and outer sensitivity increases putting you more in touch with your own needs, wants and desires.

You get to the write the script of your life…I hope you orchestrate it with vim and vigor!


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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