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

Just Another Manic Monday

It’s Monday and for many that means getting up and going to work, yet once again.  The Academy Awards are over and the glitz and glamour of award season has come to a close.  However, for those facing a chronic or life-threatening illness Monday means resuming the litany of doctor’s appointments, lab tests, and other weekday regimens.

It seems obvious and it is so why bring it up?  I bring it up because it’s up to each one of us to make our Monday and every day fulfilling.  No there aren’t any runway shows or red carpets for who’s wearing the best chemo cap and we aren’t checking out the latest and greatest fashions in wheelchairs, so how does all this get done?  It gets done by believing every day has something to offer and that each day the world is waiting for your contribution.

Think about this, The Hurt Locker, the movie that won for best picture of the year has done a dismal job at the box office.  An National Public Radio interview shared that the movie had box office ticket sales of about 12 million dollars.  The commentator said, “Let’s put that in perspective, that’s the same amount of money that Avatar earned in one weekend in Italy”. 

How does this translate?  Mass appeal doesn’t necessarily speak to quality.  The masses don’t dictate the message.  What you have to say about living a quality life with whatever challenges you may experience, believe it or not, has an audience.  How will you use your voice?  What story(ies) do you need to tell?

We live in a story oriented culture.  Anthropologists can go back to beginning of the human race and show how they communicated through story.  Our stories are the universal thread that joins us.  Who do you need to connect with and how will your story make that happen?

Take a lesson from the film makers and craft your story.  It’s probably not going to be on the big screen, but it can be if you want that to happen.  Technology has allowed each of us to put our stories out there in a myriad of ways, so what’s how will you accomplish that task? 

Make Monday an exceptional day!


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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