Ever since the day after Valentine’s Day, when my mom was diagnosed with cancer, this quote has been on my mind. As hard as these last few weeks have been, I am finally able to find some clarity in the struggles that so many of us experience on our journeys.
Cancer is a nightmare that often silently begins to takeover, and for my family this quickly turned into our reality. Growing up I had always dreamed of what I ‘thought’ my future would look like, and this was by far the antithesis of my imagination. In these dark moments it’s so important to look within and begin to accept our ‘new normal’. The unexpected has arrived, and this is the path I will now be heading down.
The unknown is so, so scary but we must remind ourselves that this moment right here and now is precious, and we must be thankful. It must be the worst possible situation you could have imagined, but remaining positive is SO crucial. When we begin to worry continuously about what tomorrow will bring, we rob today of all the beauty. Living in the moment is something I have tried to practice growing up, but now more than ever is this lesson urgent.
Just as the seasons change, our bodies change, and the cycle of life continues. No words can begin to describe the pain you feel seeing a loved one affected by cancer, but together it’s a journey we must go through. Day by day we take each step in the direction towards a future we pray to be positive.
Not only do so many of us GO through this, we will together GROW through this. It’s a tragic event, but will forever seal the tightest bond within my family. My mom is the strongest lady I know, and if anyone can beat this it is her.
Be grateful for the NOW!
I know how hard it can be, we can so easily get stuck in a negative mindset, but the power lies in remaining positive. When we are thankful for this very moment, we begin to weave the magic of the Uni-verse, attracting a sense of understanding, calmness, and the happiness we are desperately in need of.
Comment below and let me know how cancer has affected your life. What helped you through this challenging time?
Sending you all so much love,
Joey Parker is editor-in-chief of The Joey Parker Movement and contributing writer for MTV Act. He is passionate about ending human trafficking & creating a brighter future. Find Joey at http://www.thejoeyparkermovement.com, Facebook, and @TheJoeyParker.