Monday, November 12, 2007

Find Happiness

It's funny how I've made some kind of great personal realization sometimes, and think I'm the only one to ever make that realization, and then find that it's a common human realization.

On the airplane out to SF, I had the science section from the NY Times, August 14. There was an article by Jane E. Broday, Thriving After Life's Bum Rap. "I have met and read about countless people who, having faced life-threatening illness, end up happier, better able to appreciate the good things and people in their lives, more willing to take the time to smell the roses." Much of the article is about people who've faced cancer, but I really feel it applies to me also (refer to the Choose Life post of a few days back.)

She notes a book: Happiness in a Storm: Facing Illness and Embracing Life as a Healthy Survivor. A quote from that book: Happiness in a storm is never about enjoying your illness, but embracing your life within the limits of your illness, and figuring out how to feel happy whenever possible.

Easier said than done for some, but a very good thought, and your thought for the day.


Susan said...

That is a great thought. I'm going to have to find this book. It seems like one worth reading.

Belle - A Beauty livin with her Beast said...

I have to say, when my mom was told there was nothing else they could do for her cancer, she lived life like there was no tommarrow. She ate all the choclate she could, said what she felt and just made her last days well worth her time. So this article is very true..but i think that even us without the illness should live while we can.

NoRegrets said...

It does sound good Susan.
Belle, I agree.

Tera said...

I guess this would mean my thought for the day yesterday..."Men can eat shit and die."