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

Crack Open a Fortune Cookie

I love Asian food.  I have a Chinese restaurant by my house that I frequent; the food is good and the owners terrific.  Of course, at the end of the meal, they bring out the check and the famous fortune cookies.  It’s always fun to play games with the fortune, but this day the fortune was short, sweet and to the point.  It said, “Any day above ground is a good day.”

Can you think of anything easier to believe in?  Any day you’re alive is a good day since the alternative is not that pleasing to most people.  Now I completely understand that for some facing a chronic or life-threatening illness just being alive and awake may not be any picnic.  For most, unless you’re facing the end of your days, have some hope that tomorrow may be better.

So my question to you is, “If you’re above ground today, what are you going to do to make it the best possible (given your circumstances?)”  I think about that question when I find myself in a downward spiral that seems to be endless.  It’s difficult to propel yourself up and out of negative thinking, so finding some type of anchor is important so that you can reel yourself back in to a better head space.

How will you spend your day above ground?  Perhaps go have Chinese food and find another fortune!


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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