"It isn't always a change of scenery needed to make life better. Sometimes it simply requires opening your eyes and capturing a new day worthy of living. It often transpires that making sense of last year's experience requires a new voice and a new way of looking back and forward. Every day we wake up anew, every sunrise is simply God and Nature's way of saying, 'Let's start again.'It's a sad truth, but what baggage we intend to leave behind is often the baggage we bring to a new table. This baggage is usually of the emotional kind, but it is also of the behavioural type and is most visible in what we think, say and do.
Although I slept well last night and was up bright and early this morning, I was at the hairdressers first thing and have just returned; hence my lateness in posting my daily thought. Having had no hair on my head after the start of my recent cancer treatment, it has just started to grow again and despite me looking like an escaped convict from a previous century, I still need my head balding/shaving twice to stimulate the growth once more. It's strange, but the loss of one's hair during chemotherapy is but a temporary state of affairs and in time re-growth takes place. I suppose that having cancer is no different to that of experiencing any other body trauma or debilitating set of circumstances. Given time, one's world turns back around to a kind of normality which, although not precisely as before, it can be as good with the advancement of the 'new look.'
If only we all had the opportunity to look at life anew? On second thoughts, one isn't required to contract cancer in order to bring about this Road to Damascus conversion. We all have the means and wherewithal to look at life anew, to re-label some of our prior experiences as not having been as disastrous or as unchangeable as we first thought them to be. Mislabeling experiences is simply a way of looking at life in spectacles that are unsuitable for our clear vision. It is far better to first recognise that our eyes see what our mind and hearts tell it is there and that refocusing requires removing one's spectacles, closing one's eyes and mentally imagining the best possible outcome to any situation!
Anyone who thinks this suggestion to be too unrealistic and far reached to be credible cannot believe in the presence and power of self-hypnosis properly applied or the remarkable benefits capable of being brought about through 'positive thinking' or a belief in God. Had I not believed in the efficacy and power of these procedures at the age of 11 years, when being run over by a lorry fractured my spine and crippled me, along with the medical prognosis that I'd never walk again, then I never would have walked again! Had I not experienced a two-month period in hospital January and February 2017, when I developed a Lymphoma and the consultant placed a 'Do Not Resuscitate' on my medical file during a period when they feared I would die (without ever doubting that I wouldn't die), then I would have undoubtedly died! Indeed, when my previous marriage partners decided to end our union, which I first vigorously resisted, had I not allowed my broken heart sufficient time to heal before giving myself permission to love again, then Sheila and I would never have been man and wife and my happiness restored better than I'd ever known it.
If it is proof you require that what I say works then look no farther than this once highly angry young man who went on in the years of his adulthood to found 'Anger Management.' If it's proof you want, then look at the thief I was in my youth and see the worth-while Probation Officer I became in my professional life. If you still remain doubtful, cast your eyes upon a genuine sinner for much of my misspent and wayward youth who managed to lose sight of God and the power of goodness before finding them once more and binding each close in comforting solace like hoops of steel.
As long as each of you is breathing, you are just beginning. Enjoy your day.Love and peace. Bill x" July 18th, 2017.