The beauty of the morning sunrise inspires me to remember to live each day with joy. Time is precious. Often, we do not realize how precious life is until we are told we do not have much time left.
I will always remember the words from the doctor's call on January 9, 2013, "John, is Maria also there?” “Yes," Maria answered. The doctor’s voice echoed the words no one ever wants to hear, "John, you have cancer. It is a high-grade, undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma - stage three.”
One phone call, one diagnosis, one moment in time, changed the course of my life.
The tears of self-pity overwhelmed me, “Why ME?” I was consumed by panic, worry, fear, and anger. When the sea of emotions raged on within me, Maria stood by to ground me. Maria looked me in the eyes and said, “We got this! We can beat this cancer!”
Quickly she went into battle mode, starting the fight against cancer with a fresh glass of vegetable juice. Our lives' flipped upside down that day.
But, it marked the start of a new journey of wellness.
7 years later, by the grace of God, the support of friends and family, and a complete 180-degree transformation of lifestyle, I stand cancer-free.
Cancer grows in our bodies because of our lifestyle habits. To put it simply: cancer is good cells gone bad that are trying to survive in a toxic environment. Cancer does not care who you are, whether you will survive or die; all it wants is to survive. This is the reality of cancer.
What are you willing to do to survive? What are you willing to change so that you can hear the words “You got this, you can beat this cancer! This disease! This illness!”?
Getting well begins with living well.
To start, rid yourself of anything that is toxic - whether it's your job, relationships, the food you eat, what you drink, or the precious time you spend doing things that are not making you better as person.
Secondly, develop life-giving habits. Whether it's through better sleeping patterns, eating and drink habits, exercising, reflection, or prayer, cultivate habits that give you life.
You are given a second chance to live for a greater purpose than yourself. We are meant to live life beyond ourselves. God designed us to thrive in relationships. You are still alive; you are still in the game of life.
You have a chance to change the lives' of those around you right now. How you react to the trials of life is how you will be remembered. No matter how much time you have left on this earth, be the change and you will be an inspiration to others. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Lastly, live each day with joy.
Begin the day with the joy of anticipation, the same joy, you have as you unwrap a present. What will this day unfold? How can I be the change? Whose life can I bring joy like that of a sunrise too?
Reflections from John Graves, owner of Peter Rubi.