An old friend stopped by a few days ago. I had not seen him for several years. We caught up on our kids and activities. Then he told me that he has pancreatic cancer which has already metastasized. I didn’t see that coming. He looked good and seemed full of vitality. He has already outlived the doctor’s original prediction.
I marveled at his composure and light-heartedness. Every day is a precious gift to him. A day to spend as he pleases, connecting with friends, traveling, enjoying the company of his girlfriend. He is not afraid. He is very much alive.
In his book You Are Here, Thich Nhat Hanh writes, “Our appointment with life takes place in the present moment.” We miss so much of our lives because we just don’t show up. My conversation with Greg reminded me to show up for my appointment with life. On time. Every day. With joy.
10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and Staying There) is a program to help us develop habits to grow a joyful spirit. Many of us sabotage our happiness by habits that we might not even be aware of. Identifying and changing these habits can build a reservoir of well-being to enhance our happy times and sustain us during challenging times.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Our Appointment with Life
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A solemn reminder to live fully. Thanks for the reminder.ReplyDelete