Today I was driving to the dentist with two of my children. The other had gone last week, where they learned of their first cavities. As we were driving today, one of my children said, "Ever since I heard that 'my sibling' has cavities, I have been brushing much better."
After complimenting them on their newfound accomplishment (of finally doing what they were supposed to be doing all along), I laughed on the inside.
I realized that so often it takes hearing bad news to bring perspective. Bad news gives us momentum to start doing things we always knew we needed to do - or to do them more efficiently.
In my current circumstances, from the moment I heard I have cancer, I have been extremely disciplined with what I eat; which includes not eating sugars...except fruit. I never ate a lot of sugar but I knew I could be better about it. Here and there I indulged on my dark chocolate caramel sea salt nuggets that I would stash in the top corner of my freezer door. Yet, knowing I have cancer, and knowing that sugar feeds it, I now have the discipline of an Olympian when it comes to what I need to eat to fuel my body well.
Mind you, my nerves are still heightened so I am often not hungry and forget to eat, but when I eat, it is nourishing, nutrient dense, cancer fighting foods. Maybe it will make a difference, maybe it won't, but I will know - and my family will see - that I did everything I could to beat this.
I wish it didn't take bad news to bring this perspective...but often it does. Today, I invite you to...
Pause. Breathe. Pray.
Ask yourself - What do I know I need to do to take care of myself? I challenge you not to wait for the bad news - like my child and I did - to gain perspective.
Today is the day to put that knowledge into action.
With love and hope,