As I sit here this October morning listening to the steady rain, I am reflecting on the comments that people have made to me in the last week after they have read The Can Do Chronicles.
I had lunch with a colleague yesterday who called the book a “page turner” because of all the problems we had before we moved. Others have remarked about how taken they are with the number of serious challenges we faced during these last three years. They speak as if – and sometimes I think as if – those months were a time apart from my current life, and that that time is over.
My CAN DO reflection for today is: The Journey Never Ends. And things do not go back to “normal.” As I used to tell my counseling clients, Normal is a small town in North Central Illinois. I need my CAN DO outlook and approach to life as much today as I did when I started chemo; as much as I did when Ned’s job evaporated.
It is not over.
It is never over. The scenery changes… the seasons change… and companions on the journey can come and go. My CAN DO outlook helps keep me ready for the ups and downs and ins and outs that are inevitable because I have no idea what is going to happen today or next week on my life’s journey. My remission did not come with a guarantee. My Dad’s declining health is of increasing concern to the whole family. My car and our roof are both OLD. Then, there are the larger, systemic threats to my world over which I have absolutely no control, such as the government shut down and the debt ceiling.
On this rainy day, I renew my commitment to keep the smile in my heart. To find, and share, a bite or two of inspirational nourishment through the day. To stay in good spiritual shape and continue to get in good physical shape. To say thank you to God for the blessings that I have.
So, I went looking for a bite of inspiration on the Pope’s Facebook page… it does not get much better than this: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8
It’s what I CAN DO to make the journey as life giving as possible on a very rainy fall day.
What CAN you DO?
How can I help?
Hello Cathi, read the book. Courage for you writing the book and dealing with your disease. Question, did your husband have any “Can’t do” days? He was dealing with emotions and wondering that he may lose you. For myself I do not know what I would do if I got a bad diagnosis. My first thought would be, “how much this (monetarily) will cost me.”
Chris – This is just one chapter of a much longer story. We knew I was not going to be horribly ill from the beginning… I lived with leukemia for almost 10 years before treatment. We learned a lot about dealing with bumps – and the costs of bumps – along the way. Cathi