You have the ability to face your breast cancer treatment with the attitude of your choice. Should you choose to do so with a positive outlook, you have already made the biggest decision for yourself in influencing everything. You have today to enjoy and to live and to give the best that you have. No cancer diagnosis should ever take that away from you.
There is nothing more humbling and rewarding than taking advice from your kids. Can I make myself feel better by taking credit for my son's intuitive words of wisdom? Maybe not. But I can be smart enough to pay attention. He's making good sense, so perhaps I'm not screwing up 100 percent of the time.
The truth is, what we focus on will expand. If our main focus is on how much more we have yet to achieve, we will come from a place of lack and continue to expand on that mindset. However, if we focus on all that we have accomplished, we will come from a place of abundance, and continue to build on that mindset.
In our fast-paced, competitive culture, we tend to notice and worry about what's lacking in our lives. Feelings of insufficiency, imperfection and envy are known barriers to happiness. When we harbor these feelings, we limit our capacity for feeling fulfilled. But gratitude has powerful effects on health and well-being.
And while you may find comfort in the moment, the spiraling effect of this negativity and self-pity will result in a lens through which you start to view everything around you. Now imagine an alternative mindset and action plan that you commit to embracing that propels you forward and positions you as an example for others to follow.