How do you "celebrate" a life-threatening, life-changing event?
Today marks the 2-year anniversary of the first of three major surgeries in 3 1/2 weeks that I went through. It reminds me of the time I spent 14 days straight in the hospital and went through the most excruciating pain I've ever felt.
I try to use this day as a catalyst and a point of encouragement--a positive thing. I tell myself that focusing on the negative and the "bad" memories aren't productive and instead will only lead to despair and depression. After all, it's important to always look on the bright side and keep moving forward, right?
My emergence from this ordeal has strengthened me tremendously. It was caused me to understand things about myself that I never would have learned otherwise. Because of this I have embarked upon a journey of "release" and "living boldly" in order to "think bigger" and be better. I used this event as fuel to a never-ending fire and drive into "beast mode". I harnessed my resurgence and turned it into books, speaking topics, strategy sessions and countless "Note 2 Self" entries.
My "anniversary"; my "celebration"--this 2-year mark that I am reminded of everyday as I look at the scars on my body--is done in solemn remembrance of who I was and who I became on the other side of the journey.
So when you can understand that the things that happened to you and because of you are all necessary and that your life's journey is made up of mountains AND valleys--then you can truly embrace the process of living and become "Released and Ready" to truly Live Boldly and "Think Bigger" as you move ever--forward.
How do you remember the "not so good" times?
How do you give homage to the events of your past?
How do you quiet the voices and escape the shadows?
How do you make the moment last?
How do you embrace what's new, without discarding the old?
How do you strive to reach the top, without feeling you've sold your soul?
How do you encapsulate a lifetime of experiences---into a single moment in time?
How do you stand apart from everyone you've encountered--and try to make your light shine?
How do you learn all of the countless lessons, that life always tries to teach?
How do you constantly keep striving for goals, that seem always just out of your reach?
How do you remember who you are, when life tries to beat you down?
Just remember the essence of your true self, and envision upon your head a crown.
There will always be things that cause you pain, but remember, they enable growth too--
Because if it weren't for the experiences that you've encountered, then you actually wouldn't be YOU.
(c) 2014 ~KARS