When I decided to start blogging, I had no idea what I was doing or where it would lead me. I just started writing my early life memories, really in hopes my sons would read it someday. I still have plans to give them this site where they can read about me and my life – but I am not quite ready yet. So, the writing of blog posts began with those early life memories and few other subjects – and then cancer decided to be a part of my life. This cancer has become my cancer; it belongs to me and no one else and does what it wants to my body.
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In my post ‘no answers’, I wrote about finally asking the questions. You know; the ‘why’ questions.
“Why?”, “Why me?”, “What did I do to deserve this?”
I received many supportive, encouraging and beneficial comments. I feel very grateful of the many wonderful friends I have here on WP, truly I do.
One of those friends Su, responded with the following comment –
As humans we have this overwhelming need to make sense of the world, but the awful reality I think, is that often there is no sense. No reason or logic, and sometimes absolutely no justice — or you would not be going through all this. I think in the end we need to look not for reasons but for useful beliefs — whatever gets us through. Sending love and hugs to you and Gary.
I responded with the following –
Yes, I totally understand where you are coming from. I am getting to that point now – not trying to find the reasons, but what are the useful beliefs and benefits. Thanks Su for an inspiring comment, you are a true friend.
Comments from other friends suggested I not ask “Why?”, but instead ask “Why Not?”
Wow, this got me thinking about, well – everything.
My mind has always believed everything happens for a reason – both good and bad. Now, with my cancer and the extreme pain I am experiencing, my emotions are asking the “Why?” questions.
And your comments my friends bring me back to thinking about what my mind believes and not what my emotions are asking.
Everything happens for a reason – both good and bad. So, Why not?
It may be there is something I can learn from this? My cancer and my extreme pain is a tough lesson to learn something from. They are both beating me down, draining my energy and trying to break my spirit. It is difficult, but again I change my question to; Why not?
What am I learning from this horrible experience that is changing my views? Why not use it to benefit me?
I find myself talking to ‘God’ or the ‘Higher Power’ or the ‘Supreme Being’ more. I have not spoken or reached out to any of these in a very long time.
I am displaying to Gary more gratitude. We have been together for over a decade and I took things for granted. I no longer do this. Gary, my caretaker is very important to me and I display more gratitude. I say, ‘Thank you’ more and I let him know I appreciate him and would not be able to do this alone. And more so than ever I say, ‘I love you’ and follow it with a kiss.
There is a ‘God’ or ‘Higher Power’ or ‘Supreme Being’; there is Gary and Su; there are all of you my friends, my supporters, my cheerleaders and my encouragers.
So, ‘Why not?’