Perspective

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Perspective is everything when you are experiencing the challenges of life. ~ Joni Eareckson Tada

I've written recently about my brother, who is currently in a battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  It is a battle that is being fought aggressively with chemotherapy and one (I am happy to report) he is currently winning.  The tumors have been shrinking, allowing him to live pain free for the first time in months.

I am grateful the chemo is working its magic but I am even more thankful for my brother's perspective on his situation.  He is choosing to live each day to the fullest and is keeping a positive outlook on his situation.  Because I am also a cancer survivor I know how hard that can be; I, too, kept a positive outlook during my battle but also experienced moments of fear and sadness.  To keep refocusing my mind on the positive was sometimes  difficult but I knew staying mentally strong was my greatest weapon.  I am so happy that my brother is doing the same.

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From my perspective, I absolutely believe in a greater spiritual power, far greater than I am, from which I have derived strength in moments of sadness or fear. That's what I believe, and it was very, very strong in the forest.   ~ Jane Goodall

Friends often ask how I am able to sleep at night, knowing that my daughter is living and working in Erbil, Iraq, which is a mere 52 miles away from the ISIS stronghold of Mosul.  It isn't always easy, especially now as I read in the papers that the United States is sending additional troops there to help the Iraqis retake Mosul and she has told me her NGO (along with other humanitarian groups) are preparing for an increased influx of refugees that will surely occur as a result.  It is because of my strong faith in God that I am able to rest at night.  I believe we all have a path to follow and this is hers; it is a path that requires compassion and courage, qualities she possesses along with the wisdom to be cautious and aware. I trust that she is taking the proper precautions and take comfort in knowing she is being looked after by a greater spiritual power.  It is this belief that gives me strength in moments of fear.

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When you have a fresh point of view that comes from the right side of the heart, it's just so valuable. You can take it or not take it, but just that perspective can give you a lot of strength or make you reflect on a lot of things.   ~Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I have been feeling restless recently, having a sense that change is about to occur in my life.  I am unsure of the cause of this feeling of un-ease; it could be the onset of autumn, with its shortening of days and the chill in the air.  Nothing is as strong a harbinger of change as autumn; it is when I am most aware of the cycle of life.  Time is passing and I am growing older.  I have become reflective, feeling the need to make changes but unsure yet of how to proceed.  In truth, I am not even sure where the changes need to be made, I only know that I have a desire to move forward...

...yes, I know how vague this all sounds.

What I do know is that as I reflect it is important that my point of view is coming from the right side of my heart.  That perspective is the one that will be true and will guide me most effectively.  It is from there that I will gather my strength.

Sharing Nurturing Thursday with Becca.