Everyone Is, Has, or Will


Jack Maloney

At my darkest moments I felt alone in the world.  No one else could know my pain.  Certainly no one had made my mistakes and so many of them.  Fast forward a few short years.  What I know for sure is that everyone is, has or will go through something or many things that will change their lives.

My life has been about going with Jack to a doctor’s appointment or a surgery over the last four years.   Now that the appointments are weekly and the surgeries monthly it’s become a routine in our lives.  That doesn’t mean its easier though. What has changed however is moving beyond only seeing our journey and the stress and realizing we’re surrounded by others who are going through the same thing.  Perhaps it’s not cancer for them but it’s still a life altering or life ending condition and the pain, suffering and fear are all the same.

It all comes down to our perspective. (As always.)   We can focus on the worst case scenario and make ourselves crazy (yes, I’ve done that) or we can live this day and appreciate it for the gift that is.  We can hide away and feel sorry for ourselves or we can be inspired by the Jacks of the world who show courage and resilience despite the circumstances.

We never know how strong we are until we are faced with the unthinkable.  Whether it’s our health, career, relationship or finances… or any combination of some or all of those things… at sometime in our lives we’ll face a situation that can bring us to our knees.  Stay there for a moment and feel the weight of the situation and then get up and decide to live another day by choice. Because despite the circumstances you always have a choice of your attitude.

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. Viktor Frankl

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