Things not to say to me – a continuing series

After Cancer - Now What? — By on December 17, 2009 at 11:55 am

From After cancer, now what

div style=”text-align: center;”span style=”font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;””Live Every Day as if it were your last”/spanbr //divbr /span style=”font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;”Variations/span – Nonebr /br /span style=”font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;”Said By/span – Oprah, inspirational signs, cheesy t-shirtsbr /br /span style=”font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;”Why I don’t ever want to hear it again/span – Because this is trouble waiting to happen. If you knew that this was your last day would you have a salad for lunch or a double cheeseburger? How much time would you spend at the gym? Would you show up for work? How many of you would use the opportunity to confess all of the secrets in your life or tell people who you can’t stand how you span style=”font-style: italic;”really/span feel? Save for retirement or buy those shoes you want? At one low point of my treatment I actually asked one of my doctors if I should bother saving for retirement, Yikes!br /br /I can picture my last day. I would be telling everyone how much I loved them while having a few cocktails and smoking menthol cigarettes. I expect I’d have a hot fudge IV running and you would see such an exhibition of gluttony they’d show it on CNN. The music would be cranked and I’d be dancing around with my hubby and kids until we fell down laughing.br /br /Should you try to live the best life you possibly can? Sure. Tell the people you love that you love them, use the good china, stop waiting for a “special occasion” to wear the jewelery you love. Volunteer. Dance with your kids on Saturday. Exercise, eat good food, sing, play, shoot hoops with your Dad. Put your energy into the things that you span style=”font-weight: bold;”really/span have to do and let the other things go.br /br /There is a Zen proverb that says “Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.” The updated version is “After enlightenment, the laundry”. So live today like it’s my last, nope, I’ve still gotta do the laundry.div class=”blogger-post-footer”img width=’1′ height=’1′ src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4713736175601908568-4108305346096138385?l=www.aftercancernowwhat.com’ alt=” //div
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