Hello lovely you!
I just got back from a morning walk and am happy to announce I saw my first falling leaf of the season! It’s one of the things I love about fall in New England, watching the buttery glow of rich red, orange and yellow colored leaves twirling in the wind.
And now I am rewarding myself with a cup of steaming tea and my little Zuzu is napping nearby, and so I am ready to write…
Were you able to listen to any of my interview with the wonderful Dr. Bernie Siegel last week? I always have such a great time speaking with him. Sometimes I find myself sitting across from him and flashing back to being that young 20-something who was listening to his tapes in an attempt to save my life. Now he has become one of my dearest friends. Life is strange. Wonderfully so!!
During our discussion, Bernie told a wonderful story about a woman he knows who was dying from cancer. This woman had a flowering plant that someone had given her, I think to cheer her up. But no matter how this woman tried to care for the plant, the little thing began to wilt more and more. One day, recognizing that the plant was utterly and hopelessly dead, the woman finally took it outside and tossed it in her garbage bin and forgot about it.
A week later, the woman brought a bag of trash out to her bin and when she opened the lid, she was startled and amazed at what she saw. The plant, which a week before had been brown and wilted and very much dead, was now green with budding flowers!
But that’s not even the biggest miracle…
When the woman saw this plant that was very much alive and well, in that moment she realized, “If this plant can not only come back to life but thrive in a garbage can, then surely I can fight this disease and thrive in my own life!”
And guess what?
She did! That plant saved that woman’s life.
Seeing that plant in the garbage was a spark of enlightenment in that woman’s life, and it set her on her path of healing.
Cancer Self-Help Reminder: Thoughts Create Reality
There is another important element to this story that I want to point out.