Whatever your religious or spiritual beliefs and inclinations I wish you a Happy Holiday Season.
It’s the day after Christmas and all through the house….remember that famous line? I bet you have a 1001 ways to finish that poem. The response would depend on whether or not you celebrate the holiday or simply think of it as another day. I know that this morning there are many of you who may are venturing out to the stores to get those after holiday bargains.
The morning after is an interesting concept because it entails dealing with some degree of a let down. You plan for months (at least some of you) and then in 10 minutes everyone opens their gifts and it’s done. On the day of the holiday or spiritual celebration of your choice you may cook for hours and then you sit down at the table and in 20 minutes you’re finished.
We have a tendency to build up events in our lives and take enormous amounts of energy to plan these events and celebrations and they’re over in a flash. The question is, “did you enjoy the event/celebration/holiday?” What will you cherish most about the day? Following the diagnosis of a chronic or other life-altering illness making memories are important because they are like making deposits to your emotional and spiritual bank account.
There may come times during the course of your illness that you may need to rely on the memories you created with family and friends to get you through the next leg of your journey to wellness. I’ll give you a good example that I saw on the news the other day.
Austin Williams, a typical 14-year-old had dreams of joining the army someday. In April he was diagnosed with a myosarcoma, a very aggressive and smart tumor. He was admitted to the hospital for a 54 week course of treatment (that’s a long time to spend in the hospital). It was approaching week 30 and his family began to see signs that he was in the throes of giving up. (As you I know, when facing a health challenge you have to keep forging ahead to maintain health and healing.) His step-father was creative and called the local recruiting station and asked if a member of the army would be willing to come visit Austin in the hospital. The army took it one step further and sent 6 soldiers. The gave Austin a set of dog tags with his name on them and a plaque making him an honorary solider.
Watching Austin as he discussed the experience you could see something in his heart and soul re-ignited. He was so surprised, as was his family, at the number of soldiers and grateful for the time they spent with him that it created a spark in him. I have no doubt that the memory of that day will get him through the next 24 weeks of treatment.
When you hit that wall as many of just did the morning after the holiday; what memories will you refer back to as you venture forward on your journey to wellness. I’d love to hear some of your stories.
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