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

What Kind of Day Are You Having?

Every day that we wake up we begin the day with a routine.  We wonder what will come our way during the day and what types of adventures will occur during the day?  How are we going to make the most of our day?  What does it take to fill out the day with possibility?

I guess the real question is, “How Can You Have a Breakthrough Day?”  What does it mean to have a breakthrough day?  That’s the great thing about being the author or your day, it’s whatever you want it to be.  You get to decide how you will breakthrough what has been the usual.  You get to create experiences and interactions that will take you one step further than you’re comfortable.  Robert Fritz wrote a book titled Creating.  One of his central premises is that we need tension for there to be creativity.  What type of tension is mounting through your day?

When I ask about tension, I’m not discussing stress.  I’m talking about that internal sense of discomfort like an itch you can’t scratch.  That type of tension makes you squirm a bit and tempt you to try and scratch that itch.  It’s that type of tension drives you to come up with amazing solutions, and that’s what creates a breakthrough day.

As I’ve mentioned I recently interviewed a group of artists with life-threatening illnesses for my dissertation.  Throughout these interviews the artists repeatedly speak about how to exceed the expectations of the day.  They look to create experiences that they will then translate into amazing pieces of art that continue to tell their stories.

You don’t have to be a fine artist to have a breakthrough day; you have to be a life artist.  Every day is your creation.  Every day can be a masterpiece!

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