Three Good Things

22 Oct

I did not want to get up this morning – more so than usual. Not only did I still feel tired, but it was house-cleaning and laundry day. Yuck. How come it’s never sleep-in-till-noon and then get-a-pedicure day?

There was a time, just a few years ago, when I did sleep in till noon — and often 1:00 or even two o’clock every day. It started right about the time that cancer decided it was finished dumping my life upside-down. I had recuperated from my surgeries, all four of them, and I had survived cancer, for the moment anyway. That was the hard part, right? Now all I had to do was to return to normal life. Sounds easy — except that life does not just return to normal after cancer. I had no idea how to let go of surviving and get back to living.

So I stayed in bed. And as I lay there, I wondered if I was depressed or going crazy. Because I didn’t think that it was healthy for a normal person to sleep her life away, especially after fighting so hard to keep it.

Looking back, I suppose it was pretty silly to think I could just bounce back after cancer. I mean, if ever there is a time to sleep in till noon, it has got to be after you’ve been in a fight with cancer.

Earlier this week, I visited with a friend who is much wiser than I am. We talked about life’s challenges and blessings. She shared with me how early in life she had made it a practice, upon waking each morning, to make a mental list of three good things. Something special that had happened the day before, something she was looking forward to that day, something for which she was thankful, something that made her smile… You get the idea — anything good, and she thought of three of them every morning before pushing back the covers.

I love that! It’s like caffeine for awakening a positive outlook on life. And it’s just what I need to get me out of bed on days like today when I’m feeling all groggy and bleary-eyed. In fact, I already know one of the good things that’s going to be on my list tomorrow morning – sleeping in. Not till noon, but maybe till 9:00. After all, the house has already been cleaned.

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One Response to “Three Good Things”

  1. Fred Wind October 22, 2010 at 6:48 pm #

    Thanks for the positive spirit. And your last sentence is a perfect way to finish your article!

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