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I had my pre-surgery appointment today. It went fine. I didn’t really learn too much more than what I already knew. Basically, the doctor just told us about the procedure again so I won’t recap all that. So instead, I’ll just ramble.
I got a new book recently, well several books actually, so I have them for my recovery time. One of the books is by Maya Angelou and is called “Letter to my Daughter”. She doesn’t have a daughter but the book is written “to the daughter she never had” and is about her path to living well and living life with meaning. It’s part guide book, part memoir and part poetry. I’ve never read one of her books before. Anyway, I was glancing over the first chapter in the store and thought I’d share a paragraph that I enjoyed.
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new soultion.”
This got me thinking of my favorite quote: “Whether or not is is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.” They aren’t really exactly related but the mind sometimes skips from one thought to another. I pondered more on this and thought how life compares to those connect-the-dots puzzles you did when you were a child. The dots represent the events that happen in your life. How you connect those dots or proceed from one event to the next, makes up the picture of your life, just like the dots form a picture on the page. If you take one of those dots away, the whole picture changes. For example, take away the moment in my life when I learned I was pregnant, or when I miscarried, or watched the Dr. Oz episode on Oprah. Take any one of those events away, and my life could be completely different right now. The dots also affect others around you. Think about how you handle your dots and how you move from one to the next, as those dots represent your life events and form your life’s picture. Don’t wish one of those dots away, because it could change everything. While you may think it would change things for the better, it could change things for the worse. So be grateful for the dots in your life and make the best picture out of them as you can. Remember my other favorite quote: “Enjoy this moment, for this moment is your life.”
Ok, now for my self-proclaimed inspirational message put into action……….
I initially saved this blog post as a draft and was planning on picking up with it later. In the meantime, I received an email from a Harpo producer asking me to be on Dr. Oz’s radio show again! They’re following up with the guests since the Oprah Dr. Oz finale and are also featuring a show on breast cancer and want me to be a part of it as someone who is surviving breast cancer right now! The founder of the Susan G. Komen foundation is also going to be on the show! I’m honored and so excited! What an excellent way to start off Phase 2 of my treatments!