It’s been a bit of a whirlwind here since we last talked, with our Taming the Tiger webinar last Tuesday, an appearance on the live online talk show “Find Your New Normal” last Wednesday, and an interview for the local newspaper out of the gate on Thursday. This week is following suit, with a HuffPo post to submit (check!), content to finalize for my new website (in progress) and – cherry on top – the privilege of representing my Toastmasters club in a Division level contest tonight.
And all of this is happening as I prepare to make special kids’ dreams come true by walking the Camino de Santiago in one month: figuring out international phone plans, stocking my backpack, and hiking 13-15 miles at a clip.
(Are you getting tired yet?)
I don’t always run at this pace: I’m good at knowing when I need to back off and slow down for a bit. But the stretches when I challenge myself are often when I’m happiest. I’m not happy in every moment: rising to challenges always involves some measure of failure and restarts (like when our internet service kept dying just before last week’s webinar – grrr). When all’s said and done, though, I feel grateful and strong when I can look back and say “Wow, look what I’ve overcome.”
Admittedly, I chose all the challenges I’ve named here. We don’t always get to choose our challenges. Certainly the challenge of cancer is not one that most would choose.
But in the end, whether the challenge was chosen or not, we can claim the same recognition of our strength, resourcefulness and out-and-out persistence. In hindsight we can see how we’ve stretched and grown, even though we had to swallow a lot of fear to get there.
As “Find Your New Normal” host Dave Williams said in our conversation last week, “cancer taught me I could be a greater me.”
I’d never have wished for you to have cancer. But since it happened, my most cherished wish for you is that you come to see how much greater you’ve become…and how much greater you can still become.
Can’t see it yet? Let’s talk. That’s what I’m here to help you do.
Believing in you unconditionally,
PS – Here’s the replay of my conversation with Dave Williams about rediscovering your personal power after cancer.