Staying Positive

CactusCancer is a difficult road. From worrying that you may have it, the gut-wrenching actual diagnosis, the treatment for it and all of the physical and emotional components that go along with all of it. It is tough and it is scary and it is hard. There is no right or wrong way to handle it. You just handle it the best you can.

One of the most important things for me is to stay positive, not in a fake way, but to always look for the positive. Not that I can’t be negative at times (we all can), but I can damn sure find a silver lining in just about any thing that happens. It’s because I believe this – everything happens for a reason. You just have to open your eyes and mind a little and look for it. Everything that is happening in our lives, good or bad, is happening for us to learn something from. It’s what helps us grow emotionally. And sometimes you are part of what is helping someone else grow, but you will still have a lesson to learn from that as well.

I also firmly believe having a sense of humor about it helps you to see the positive as well. Yes, there are days I am too tired to laugh. But when I can laugh, I appreciate it. And it helps so much. Sometimes there is nothing better than a good hardy belly laugh. It’s also important to have a sense of humor about ourselves. Not in a self deprecating way, but to find something funny in the midst of a difficult situation can, at the very least, make you smile. And one smile can make the difference in a good day and a bad day.

I found this quote the other day and it sums all of this up the best…

“Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don’t have to sit on it.”

Yep… Don’t sit on the damn cactus. And if you feel yourself starting to, pick your ass up and move on!

#staypositive #dontsitonthecactus #smile #laugh #love

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