This week I have a dear friend about to embark on her 4th cancer domination mission. Since her college days, she has braved conditions that would have broken the majority of us. While we complain about having a cold or a sprained muscle, she silently fought an inner battle with an army of one with a smile. This girl is something else. Today my friend Kate sent out an email to our circle of friends as we formed our own support pep rally. Kate always moves me, and this email was no exception. With her permission I'm sharing an excerpt of her message and would like to offer a challenge to all the wonderful Uplifting Reflectioners out there :)
...After she receives her chemo and bone marrow transplant, she will be in quarantine for 100 days. She won't be able to leave the house except to go to the hospital, can't have her dog around, and can't enjoy fresh foods or flowers because of bacteria and germs. Anyway, I started to think about what 100 days would be like without much contact with the outside world or our regular lives. What can we learn about ourselves in 100 days? What would we miss about normal life in 100 days? For those of us not in quarantine, how can we use 100 days to focus on the beauty of everyday life? What kind of blessings and gifts does a person with 100 days of solitude receive? Perhaps enlightenment and appreciation the rest of us never experience. I was thinking about keeping some kind of 100 Days Happiness Journal either for myself to remind myself how lucky I am to have my health or to give to her to let her know how much I miss her during that window of time. - Kate
Our challenge to ourselves and to you is to start a "Joy Jar". For the next 100 days, simply write something you noticed in the day that had you been isolated, you would not have experienced. It could be something as humble as "I found a new coffee shop" or "I saw a baby deer in the woods". Just one thing for a 100 days. When you are done you will forever hold a centerpiece of gratitude for the coffee table, your nightstand, or desk. When a bad day, thought, or the pity-party days hit- open the jar and revisit the mentality of treasuring the little things that could very easily be removed. It's an heirloom you can gift and pass down the attitude of gratitude.
Sending out massive love to our girl today and to anyone else in need of a morale boost! You are not your body. You are a strong heart, mind, and soul ready to take on a life lesson to turn something hard into something beautiful. You are the first entry in my Joy Jar hun!