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

Are You Convicted?

You may be wondering why I’m writing about being convicted on a site that discusses living life beyond illness, well I’ll tell you.  I am not referring to being convicted as in a court of law, but having conviction toward achieving a goal or reaching an inner destination.

It’s important when facing a chronic or life-threatening illness to be filled to the brim with conviction.  This was really punctuated for me this weekend when I watched the movie “Gandhi”.  Is it possible for one person, a small man with big ideas to change a country?  Can one man’s conviction change the lives of 350 million people?  The answer is obviously YES and it did change the lives of all Indians.

How is it that Gandhi was able to stay true to his convictions?  It’s simple, he deeply believed in the cause.  He embodied the ideas he put forth so there was separating his philosophy from his being.  He lived as he thought and felt.

Since you’re diagnosis would you say that you have developed a high degree of conviction?  What is your conviction?  Have you made a declaration for health?  Have you proclaimed your right to health and healing?  If we met, how would I know about your conviction to get well?  Is it visible or palpable?

I ask these questions because when you have conviction it is clear and stands front and center.  There is no question about your motives.  Your motives, decisions, and actions are all geared towards health and healing; you eat, breathe, think, and feel health.  Are you doing that?  What would it take for you to move in that direction?

These are the things I focus on when I work with clients newly diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening illness.  Taking the physical, emotional, and spiritual pulse of your current health and creating a plan that moves your toward healing and improved quality of life.  It’s not easy, but nothing worth having is ever easy.  It’s your conviction that separates you from those who are simply hoping to get well and those who are actively working toward health and healing.

How do you want to live your life?  Do you want to stand in the space of focused attention and action or let things happen by chance and hope it swings in your favor?  The choice is yours…choose wisely!!!


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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