ADAPTING TO CHANGE

CHANGE IS ALWAYS WITH US, BUT WHEN WE RESIST IT WE CREATE MORE ANGER, DEPRESSION, AND PROBLEMS.

The Covid-19, has brought and continues to bring change to everyone in the world. We each have the choice to follow the recommendations of the CDC and our state’s mandates or not.

To embrace or adapt to change, we must first start with ourselves.

We each need our areas of sanctuary, safety, or peace. Call it whatever is right for you. My areas are my faith, husband and family, friends, meditative times, gardening, and enjoying the warmth of the sun. These are my anchors that keep me from sadness or anger. They help me to accept the world I now live in.

When we adapt to or embrace the new world, we let go of fear, make healthier and safer decisions for ourselves, and we find peace. We now can reach out to others with kinder hearts, help those in need, and be supportive of those who are struggling. Thanks to Pinterest for this perfect quote as illustrated.

Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder describes how a more meaningful and fulfilling life can be created out of tremendously challenging times or events.

Eternal Road by John W. Howell is a story of good versus evil, of eternity, and of human choices that could destroy the world. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08GL135KQ/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0

With Covid-19 we have gone through doom and gloom, but it has also brought out the good in people: volunteers providing food, making and giving away face masks, creative ways businesses are serving their customers through curbside pick-ups, separating tables 6 feet apart, free home delivery of groceries, communicating more with Zoom and Face Time, neighbors sharing food, creative ways kids are being educated at home, and so much more.

How have you adapted to our changing world? Please share some examples of how you have changed, seen people reaching out to others, strengths and adaptability of yourself or others. Please share in the comment section. We can all learn from one another. Thank you.

ABUNDANCE & GRACE

This time of year brings to mind joy, family, and giving. Unfortunately, for some people, it also can bring sadness, loneliness, and greed. Here are five practices to create an abundant life all year.

GRATITUDE:

When we are grateful it expands our life into one of joy, kindness, and openness. It opens our hearts. We see life through sunshine rather than clouds. Our mind shifts from negativity. We speak with love and compassion.

RECEIVING:

As we give so shall we receive. There is nothing wrong with wanting something as long as it comes from the heart. When we receive something as simple as a compliment, it lifts our spirit. Receiving is not about the newest gadget, toy, or article of clothing. It is about receiving gifts from the heart or soul.

ACCEPTANCE:

An important lesson many of us must learn is to accept or recognize what a situation might be. It does not mean you agree with it. It means that once we accept, then we can choose to change. For example, once I accepted the fact that I had cancer, I chose to live with a renewed purpose of helping others with cancer and advocate for awareness and raise money for research.

COMMITMENT:

Making a commitment to a person or a cause opens us up to success and joy. We will set goals, establish methods, and surround ourselves with others of like minds. Commitment comes from the mind. We must have positive thoughts and believe in our ultimate goal. Frustration or negative thoughts can be changed through the practice of meditation, using imagery by seeing ourselves succeeding, and seeking support from others.

EXPRESSION:

When we express our passion or our commitment, we open ourselves to abundance. It is a success based on how we live with grace, how we give and receive, accept, and commit. A favorite expression is doing the right thing for ourselves and others. Only then will we have abundance and grace.

May the blessings and the true meaning of the Thanksgiving season be with you.

ONE SMALL STEP…

In July we began celebrating the fifty years since Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin were the first humans to step onto the moon. It was a small step from the Lunar Module, but a giant step for further space exploration.

The thousands of men and women who contributed to this event are to be congratulated on their devotion, expertise, and time. It was not an easy task.

Apollo 11 Image Gallery–NASA

Many small steps have been made in the last few years with ovarian cancer. Immunotherapy, PARP inhibitors, and target therapy are new advances in the treatment of this cancer that is the 5th leading cause of death in women. Immunotherapy is being studied in many clinical trials. I refer you to https://blog.dana-farber.org/insight/2017/09/immunotherapy-and-ovarian-cancer-an-update/ for updated information.

As an ovarian cancer survivor for the past eleven years, I am thrilled to see giant leaps for women with ovarian cancer. The many years of small steps are coming up with advancements that are extending or saving lives. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/ovarian-cancer/treating.html. The dedication of researchers and physicians and those who have participated in clinical trials are heroes and heroines. Thank you.

I recommend watching this video of hope Our Way Forward https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVt3TbHvEME

Another example of small steps leading to change has been the acceptance of all people no matter their race, religion, political beliefs, or sexual identities. A collection of poems by Forrest Stepnowski called Journey to Rainbow’s End brings enlightenment to a topic that has divided families and nations. I encourage you to buy it at Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CZ9GWCM/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 The small steps by him and thousands of others is bringing us to a giant step forward.

“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.” –Maya Angelou

I welcome your comments. Perhaps share your memory of July 20, 1969; your experience or knowledge about cancer; and your thoughts about bias or acceptance in society. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. Karen Ingalls