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June 10, 2012 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Every Day Is A Gift : Live it That Way!

By Jeffrey VanWingen M.D. More Blogs by This Author

Have you ever “dodged a bullet?” That is to say, have you ever come close to disaster only to be spared the pain, discomfort or crisis?  Such circumstances leave us with an indomitable lightness. For the time being, the little annoying things don’t seem to matter so much.  Happiness prevails, all is clear.

I bring this up with my friend Glen in mind. This past week he was told that he likely had cancer.

He told me that in that moment, he felt his life came to a screeching halt.The focal point of every thought and action for he and his wife centered on an upcoming biopsy.Trivial things became trivial. Petty things were petty. The dread potential was likely the last thought before sleep and the first on awakening.  However, the biopsy was performed and the news was good. A big exhalation occurred.

Back to life as usual?

I go through such situations a lot with my patients. I hear commonly, as I did with Glen, that they have a different outlook on things after such an experience. Life is renewed, seen as a gift. They drink deeper, feel love more intensely and don’t sweat the small stuff. Occasionally, a deeper meaning is sought in the experience.

But as things often go, these emotions can fade. The grind of life prevails. Minor irritants become irritable once again and so forth. That new outlook is forgotten. Days are no longer lived as though they are the last.

Preserving Our Gratitude

I would encourage you all to grab on to these gratitude-inspiring, clarifying experiences. Bottle  and preserve that wisdom. One great way, is through journaling. Another is to post a reminder in your daily path such as a picture or a phrase on the fridge or medicine cabinet. However you can, hold on to that feeling that each and every day is a gift.  Cherish a smile, say what needs to be said, enjoy the moment, smell the roses. Live well!  

Can you think of a moment like this in your own life? An experience that helped you sort out the important from the unimportant and feel really grateful for what you have?

Please share!

Photo Credit: Stuck in Customs

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