As a New Year starts, it is always a great time to take stock of the past year. I like to pause between Christmas and New Years- take time to slow down, appreciate family and friends, express gratitude for life and health, and refresh my mind. This is one of the lessons I’ve learned from my cancer journey. Living life on the 24/7 treadmill is not healthy. Slowing down and learning to savour life instead of running through life is not only less stressful, but infinitely more fulfilling and definitely more healthy.
So I challenge each of you in the year ahead to have a good look at your lifestyle, especially if you have cancer or have had cancer. Certainly getting cancer makes a person re-evaluate life. I know I certainly did and still do.
There are a few books on the subject of slowing down. They aren’t always listed under books for cancer patients, but the wisdom in them sure applies. Definitely well worth a read.
a) Slowing Down to the Speed of Life: How to Create a More Peaceful, Simpler Life from the Inside Out,
b) In Praise of Slow: How a Worldwide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed and
c) Time Shifting: A Revolutionary New Approach to Creating More Time for Your Life
May you find health, purpose, fulfillment and love moving forward into 2011 and beyond.