This post is about you, but I’ll start with a story.
The day that I was diagnosed with cancer, and given a 20-30% chance of surviving, I called my wife to tell her the terrifying news (she was out of town at the time).
As she broke down in tears, I assured her of two things:
First, I told her that in my mind, there was a 100% chance I was going be amongst the 20-30% of people who survived this cancer, and I would do everything in my power to ensure that I survived for her, myself, and our kids.
Second, I promised her that I would choose to be the happiest, most present, and most grateful I had ever been, while I/WE endured what would likely be the most difficult time in our lives.
The year that followed was difficult beyond what either of us could have ever imagined, but I kept my promise.
I spent every day feeling deeply and authentically grateful for my life. I consciously chose to be truly present and to enjoy every moment, even the painful ones.
As a result, the most difficult year of my life was also the best year of my life.
I share this with you because I know you’re struggling in some way. We all are.
And we’ve been conditioned to believe, “Good things happen to me and I feel good; bad things happen to me and I feel bad.”
That’s only true if you allow it to be. Consider that although struggling is inevitable, suffering is optional. Consider that you can endure the most difficult time in your life, and simultaneously choose to be the happiness, most present and most grateful you have ever been—WHILE you endure the most difficult time of your life.
Life is going to continue presenting all of us with challenges, but let’s stop letting our challenges dictate how we feel.
Decide how you want to feel and what experience you want to have, because you deserve to enjoy this one life you’ve been blessed to live. 🙏🏼❤️