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

Have You Earned Your Varsity Letter Yet?

Do you remember those letter jackets in high school? The athletes worked hard to attain a spot on the varsity team and getting their varsity letter showcased their accomplishments. The letter is more than simply a letter; it’s a symbol. The varsity letter establishes the individual as being at the top of their game.

What if healing was a sport, would you be receiving your varsity letter? This is an important question because it means that you take health and healing seriously. It requires dedication and perseverance. I know you won’t be receiving a scholarship to college for your efforts, but you will be receiving a scholarship to life. Your life will be enriched, affirmed, and purpose driven.

I live in Colorado, the home of the US Olympic Training Center. What do you think is going on within the walls of that facility? Athletes get up every day with only one thing in mind, winning a gold medal. When you woke up this morning, what was foremost on your mind? It’s easy to get caught up in the white noise of life, but all that does is distract you from your primary mission, health and healing.

Varsity and other elite athletes train hours a day! How much time to do you devote to health and healing? I’m not suggesting that you run marathons in the literal sense, but I am asking what effort are you putting in to your healing pilgrimage? Are you attending support groups? When was the last time you read a book, in particular a pathography (a book written about someone’s journey through illness)? What magazines are you interested in, any related to health, nutrition, fitness, or spirituality? The most important thing to remember, and this is true for athletes, you only get results when you put in the work!

I’m not an athlete, but I have adopted this idea of putting in the work to get results. I’ve seen this in my ever-evolving devotion to art and it’s impact on health. I work tirelessly on ultimate self-expression.

If you need some assistance find a training partner or coach, someone who will encourage you, support you, and challenge you to continue on your health and healing pilgrimage. You may not get well, but you can get better. Remember when training it’s important to support your physical, emotional, and spiritual selves.

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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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