Motivational Monday - Being the Best - The Challenge is ON
I believe that all outcomes in life, of which we have a choice, are based upon our attitude. When challenged, many will shy away from the challenge, while others take the challenge head-on.
I'm reminded of my oncology patients from back in my nursing days; it seemed that every patient who was diagnosed with cancer asked the question, "How long do I have [to live], doctor?"
Without having performed a scientific study during those days, I will attest to being keenly aware of my patients' responses to the doctors' response, regardless of the time-line that was given. You see, to some, it really didn't matter, they were going to accept what the doctor said as gospel. While they were saddened by the time-line, they were going to get their affairs in order and 'wait' - they did not want to fight; in fact, some didn't even think to fight.
And then there were the fighters! No matter what the doctor's prognosis or time-line, they used that as their 'bar' and by golly, they were going to 'beat' the bar...and they did. Every. Single. Time. Some lived for years after the diagnosis, cancer-free - they fought, their family supported their fight and trust me, NEVER was there a moment that the fight was easy - NEVER. But, they fought the fight and they rallied.
Not all were able to win the war but, the most of the fighters did win the 'bar battle' and they won it proudly.
I could write a book on my experiences with patients and their battles, fought and won, fought and lost. One tenacious patient, a well-known philanthropist here in Charlotte, didn't mind me (or anyone, for that matter) seeing her at her worst. She was fighting and she knew it wasn't a pretty fight.
I'll never forget my excitement when I received the invitation to visit her in her penthouse suite in a very upscale area here in Charlotte. The invitation was for a gathering in her home, after hours and, of course, a couple of months after her discharge from my care.
When I arrived, she was dressed in a beautiful suit that fitted her to a 't' - including the few (much needed) additional pounds she had put on since we last saw one another. Her hair was meticulously coiffed - she was stunningly beautiful!
Her comment to me, and I'll never forget it, "You never judged me. You always loved me no matter how bad my day was going. The entire time, I looked forward to this moment - the moment that you and my family could see me like this - me again."
If you or anyone you know has ever faced the cancer challenge head-on, you KNOW that fight and you know how hard that fight is and how astonishing it is to be on the remission side of that fight.
Whether you're fighting cancer or any other illness, a challenge at work or at home, know that the fight is worth it; it won't be a pretty fight but, in the end, totally worth it.
Now, have yourselves a fabulous Monday!
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