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

It is the Best of Times…It is the Worst of Times

I can’t believe that this is the 400th post on the Pilgrim Pathway/Surviving Strong blog.  It’s an honor to write for you as we create a community all focusing on one thing, health and healing.

In the title I modified the line from Charles Dickens.  We live in a world filled with dualities.  Every day we are confronted with the good and the bad, the light and the dark, and optimism vs. pessimism.  This isn’t about believing the glass is half full or half empty.  This is about getting you to experience your journey on a deeper level.  It’s this moment that you’re being called to connect the mind, body, and spirit to tackle the state of the world and how that translates to your state of health.

It’s easy to believe that what goes on around us has nothing to do with what goes on within us.  As charming as that might sound it’s not true.  We’re constantly influenced by the media, our friends, and even the church/synagogue/mosque bulletin.  The news comes at you faster than a tidal wave and you’re expected to make sense out of it all.  These are the times for you to rely on your inner guidance.  Those stories, beliefs and values that carry you through these times, both good and bad, and provide you with the clarity you need to continue your journey.

Scientific discoveries, healthcare reform, stress levels, organic food, alternative therapies, these are just some of the good and the bad you have before you.  Taking the time to applaud those that serve you and eliminate those that don’t is your goal.  Finding those sacred places to experience quiet will give you the spiritual stamina you need to continue pursuing and cherishing the journey to health and healing. 

How do you view these times?  Are you building better relationships with friends, family and even your medical provider?  Do you give yourself the time and space to explore your part in the big questions asked by the Universe and humanity?  What’s the one thing you can do today that will bring you a bit of added peace?  When you experience peace, the Universe experiences peace.  Be a peace broker.  Be an ambassador for the mind-body connection.  Be a conduit for the awakening.


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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