Wise Words – Life Goes On

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. Robert Frost quote

Happy Wise Words Wednesday!

I always want to keep things real on this blog, so I will admit that I’ve had a bit of a rough time lately.

I didn’t realize that life “going on” for a cancer survivor would be filled with such a roller coaster of emotions; a roller coaster that I get to ride DAILY.

You name it, I’ve probably felt it.  Gratitude.  Guilt.  Panic.  Fear.  Worry.  Anger.  Relief.  Isolation. Grief.  Confusion.

But, believe it or not, I’m not here to complain.  My point in sharing all of this along with the quote above is that life goes on.  Any of these crappy emotions that come to the surface are fleeting because, in the next moment, I am chuckling at something funny the kids have said, or I’m sniffing the smell of baby shampoo in Ladybug’s hair as I savor a post-nap snuggle. Life’s great like that.

No matter what burden you are carrying, even if it is one that you have to carry the rest of your life, just remember that time will continue to move on.  There are ways for the burden to be made lighter, and one of the main ways that I have found is to focus on the good things going on around me.  Because, as we welcome a new day, there are always new blessings to be found if we open our eyes and look. Gratitude really is miraculous.

Life goes on.  We can choose to celebrate it or merely tolerate it.  Time will keep passing regardless.

As I typed this post, I was also reminded of my favorite scripture from the Book of Mormon.  My faith is another important way that I have been able to ease my particular burden and I think it’s important that I acknowledge my gratitude for my Savior, who has lifted me through this difficult time.  So, here is the scripture (from Mosiah 24:14, slightly edited):

“And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs…and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.”  

I hope you all have a happy Wednesday!