Saw this video from Paul Shaffer and Bill Murray.
It pretty much explains my perspective as I walk down my own cancer alley. A year ago I was told I was on a cancer cul-de-sac. Luckily somewhere along the way I decided that while the street hockey was great on a cul-de-sac, it just wasn't the place I wanted to play.
So I started a journey and here I am today.
And that is not a trite thought. It's pretty big and powerful and not to be taken for granted. It's an important daily practice. And one best done with others.
Watch this video, then I am going to tell a story. Please do not read ahead (I am spacing his out to help your curiosity).
When things ain't cool
Here's my real simple rule
Why not just change
Your point of view.
Tomorrow I am going to a funeral of a long time friend. A friend that I have lost touch with over the last number of years. You know how it is, life is busy, you have kids, work, obligations and somehow some great people just don't appear in your life as much as they used to.
Well, my friend hit the lowest of lows and took his own life last week. A terribly sad scenario and one that has a lot of us wondering what we could have done to help. Many are asking how we missed the signs and where were we when he needed us the most. His depression hit him so hard that the only way out of the depths was to end the journey. And that makes me sad, saddest for him, but of course sad for all of us left wondering what might have been.
So when I say I am on Happy Street and I am practicing daily, I mean it.
And I am not alone and it's important that I know it, that we all know it. Sadly our friend didn't feel the same way and we will be saying good bye tomorrow.
Take care my friends, we are not promised tomorrow and today is as important a day as you have. Use it wisely and spend it doing what makes you and your loved ones happy.
RIP Farky. I love you.