Thursday, January 29, 2015


I heard something the other day that has given me a lot of food for thought. It came from my sister-in-law who has been battling an aggressive, rare form of cancer. When she was first diagnosed the doctors measured her survival time in days to months. A year was an outside chance. And she has outlived every prediction as she will soon be coming upon two years since her diagnosis. The cancer has been brutal, but she manages to keep going and "Enjoy the Heck out of Life" or Ethool as she has abbreviated it. She inspires everyone not only because she makes the most out of her life daily, but also because she is very open with her discussions on the difficult subject of life and death. Here is something that she shared recently.

  "Last year I was celebrating survival. This year I am celebrating life."

A seemingly simple statement, but one which I found complex upon a second look. I have no great words of wisdom for you about what she said because I think this is something that each one of us has to interpret in our own way. However, I just noticed that I used an important phrase for me at the beginning of this paragraph--Second Look. I enjoy doing my Second Looks and I think they are a good place to start as I learn how I will do more than survive life. I will celebrate it.

What little things do you do in your life that make you happy? How do you celebrate life?