At Rein in Sarcoma, we hope you feel some additional care and support through these bits of inspiration.
It can be hard to follow the news. Yet sometimes, the good news may be astonishing. In August, msnbc.com reported on Buddhist monks in Japan who decided to overcome the Daiichi nuclear disaster by accepting that it has happened, then doing what they could to lift the spirits and perhaps clean the environment for those around them. What did they do? Planted sunflowers and distributed seeds. At least 8 million flowers, they believe, bloomed this summer.
Then in September, I learned through the Global Fund for Women about the documentary "Pray the Devil Back to Hell." This is a compelling title. And it fronts an even more remarkable story, told about "a small band of Liberian women who came together in the midst of a bloody civil war, took on the violent warlords . . and won a long-awaited peace for their shattered country." How did they do this? After praying, Christian and Muslim women united to form a "thin but unshakable line between opposing forces," each wearing white T-shirts and armed only with "the courage of their convictions."
I wonder, what amazing stories you may find?
What do you do to feed your soul? Souls need nourishment too, of course. Souls too become weak when they go long without food, sick when they are subjected to poison. Remember to seek good things for your spirit. Gather with friends, soak in the moonlight, dip your toes in the lake. Discover poetry, devour scripture. Mostly though, you could do this: practice kindness.
"Sometimes, we're mad. Lord knows, cancer gives us reasons. First it stuns my thoughts, then it makes me cry. I can't sleep! What happened to my hair? I can't get out of this chair. My mouth hurts. My stomach hurts. My leg hurts. Violence has been committed upon my body. All I can do is sleep. Will I ever walk again? Why can't I just be normal? What happens if I die? My baby!
Yes, it's okay to be mad. Just don't forget to fall back into the Love again. It's there, waiting for you. It was always there."
"Someone once said that deep gratitude requires great courage. Maybe this is so. I know that true gratitude may transform your life. Who is the Author of your life? Whose work do you value? What makes you sparkle? Who makes you smile? Name these blessings, for yourself.
Then offer thanks."
"Our five-year old son lives joyfully. He has been blessed with an abundant life, to be sure, but his happiest moments are not often associated with its most extravagant features. Saturday morning pancakes with the family? Three stay-home days in a row?! A sun-drenched morning, a moonlit sky, or an afternoon spent playing with his brother and sister: these are the things that make him smile.
I wonder, what makes you smile?"
" When did you last experience the joy of dancing in your living room?
Ear buds or speakers. Bare feet with Christmas lights or chunky shoes in moonlight. Madonna or Rihanna, big band or salsa.
Does not matter. Trust me. Dance!"
"Inhale the crisp, bracing air.
Straighten your spine at the shock of it.
"The night was cold, the moon a sliver. The sky suggested mystery; chalky deep violet extending out forever.
Have you learned to listen, to the sky?"