Health, Personal Success

Death as a Teacher

o0ta3hn-thc-jakub-kriz.jpgFor something that affects each of us without fail, the subject of death remains taboo in our culture. Why?

2016 was rife with “surprise” celebrity deaths: Rickman, Bowie, Prince, Fisher and so many more. It’s sad to lose people we admire and love.

Yet, death can be the best teacher. It reminds us that life is, in the end, pretty short. It can clarify values pretty quickly. Six and half years ago, I was told by my doctor that I had cancer. I was fortunate – it was early stage I breast cancer – and my prognosis was very good. But I was 41 and not expecting that diagnosis at all. My life got crystal clear: Family and friends were priority. I realized that my job – teaching – was something I truly valued and I was grateful for it.

As I walked out of the hospital to go home to recover from my radical mastectomy, the air was crisp, the sun shone brightly and I noticed practically every blade of grass of the hospital lawn. I felt so alive!

Realizing that we don’t have much time gives us urgency. Don’t waste a day complaining. Don’t be negative. Live in the light of positivity and gratitude. Work towards your dreams. You might not have much time.

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “Death as a Teacher”

  1. Beautiful and oh so important. Whenever I start to feel adrift and wonder if I’ve diverged from my path, I ask myself, “What would I do if I knew I had only six months to live?” I try to live my life like that. Nothing is guaranteed. We have such a gift here: Life. It’s a shame to waste it deferring the things we really want to do and being bored.

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  2. Moving post. Tender & strong. Light & heavy.
    Most of all: Wishing you good health & wellness. Such a Tough teacher you’ve have! But as you write: death / cancer has taught you not to waste one more day. Negativity be gone! Good health will take its place. 💛💫

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