"I woke up this early morning with a great deal of muscular pain in my feet, legs, hands and arms, but feeling very positive about the day ahead. As my chemotherapy course enters its second half, the body effects of the treatment becomes more aggressive and I need constant platelet and blood transfusions (usually weekly), to fight off infections as I have no effective immune system and to keep my major organs working from one course of three-weekly chemo treatment to the next. Consequently, I shall spend Easter Monday visiting hospital and getting a number of vital blood tests, and Easter Tuesday as an inpatient for the day receiving platelets and blood transfusions.
I always remember my mother telling me, 'You may as well enjoy yourself today,Billy, as be a misery.Today is as good a day to be happy as any other day.' Today is Easter Sunday and in the eyes of all Christians, it is a day of celebration and rebirth. A very happy Easter to my family and friends wherever they are. I hope that your day is filled with peace, contentment, happiness, love and a generosity of spirit that knows no bounds.
As I grew older I knew that my mother was right. Days are what we make them. We make our own days, we make our life; we make our own happiness. We must learn to make our own decisions as we make our way in the world.
Enjoy the rest of your day. Keep it simple and uncomplicated. Easter is the most spiritual time of the year. Confuse not your wants with your needs and your desires with demands, for demands and needs are like a twisted corkscrew in the mind and cannot easily be pulled apart.
To tell ourselves that we 'need' something is to automatically go on to tell ourselves that 'needs must be met and if they aren't something bad will happen.' Our perceived need can then lead us to 'demand' as opposed to 'desire.' When we demand, we are essentially trying to get someone to meet a perceived need of ours which we wrongly believe to be essential; a need which is no more in reality than a want or desire. Through such entanglement of twisted thought we turn potential wants into needs, desires into demands, hassles into horrors, irritation into enragement, and good days into bad!
A very happy Easter weekend everyone. I will rest up today and prepare for Monday and Tuesday in the knowledge that today is a good day." William Forde: April 16th, 2017.