When I posted on Facebook that I had breast cancer, the outpouring of love was overwhelming. Everything from prayers – to meals – to hand holding – to house cleaning (yes…I am serious) was offered without hesitation. A friend from childhood posted “I’ll be praying for you.” I knew she would.
I was living in a state of uncertainty as I waited for the total picture of my cancer diagnosis. Staging sounds so fun – on a home improvement show. Grade indicates worth – in a diamond. In the world of cancer, staging and grade reflect how difficult life is about to become. In the face of the unknown, I pondered all possibilities.
What would I do if I had THIS much time? How would I change my life if I knew it would last THIS long? Which begs the question – WHY would possible impending death lead me to live differently? Would I savor the precious quality of life more? Would I take more risks? Love better? Walk in gratitude for every breath? Why wasn’t I doing all of that already?
The truth is, possible impending death is a significant part of the human story – from birth. One day will be the day. My childhood friend who committed to pray for me died completely unexpectedly a week after I had my mastectomy. Her worries had been for my run in with the big C – not knowing what was just around her corner.
The adage to live like you are dying is not new. What it is is WISE.
You have NOW – what will you do with it?