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

It’s a New Dawn…It’s a New Day

I’ve been driving across the country the past couple of days.  I decided I would leave early in the morning to try to drive a few hours before any commute traffic might appear.  I’m driving the northern route along Interstate 80 and I’m driving east.  It’s amazing to see the sun begin to rise in the morning.  Driving along and see the sky begin to change colors as the sun rises is amazing.  We all know it’s a gradual process, but it’s as if one moment it’s dark and then it’s light.  If you pay attention to the rising of the sun, you’ll see the gradation in color.

I have a tendency to take a thought or idea and branch off into other ideas.  This process led me to begin thinking about the new Weight Watcher commercials starring Jennifer Hudson.  She sings, “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day…and I’m feeling good.”  Watching the sunrise made me focus on the idea that ‘s a new day and what follows?  So what am I going to do with this new opportunity?

We awake, maybe you hit the snooze a couple of times, but then it begins…your usual routine.  It doesn’t seem like a new dawn and a new day because your day may seem very routine since being diagnosed with a chronic or other life-altering illness.  What can you do to make it unique?  Many years ago I had a daily commute to work that was 40 miles each way.  A friend of mine, a Buddhist priest, told me that it’s important to find something new every day on the drive.  It does two things: it makes the trip go faster, but more importantly it makes the routine seem fresh and new.  If we take this as a practice, it creates a shift in our consciousness.

It’s too easy, whether or not you have an illness, to create our days to look the same because the actions are the same.  What would you need to do to change one thing to make the day fresh and new?  How would you take your health and healing routine on a new route so that the day is fresh and new.  It is a new dawn and a new day, so how will you make that statement ring true for you?


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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