The Key to Life

76342856_What’s the Key to Life? 

Look Up!

In all fairness, it is October 1st, the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month and I am blessed to still be here after almost 12 years of dealing with this disease.  So, please allow me a few words of wisdom from where I sit.  Because you see, it’s not been an easy road for me nor for any of my family.  There have been many crossroads that now when I reflect on my life, many different scenarios could have occurred.  There’s been a large learning curve for me, one that if I could perhaps shorten for someone else, I’d gladly do it.  Because, life ain’t easy my friends…but with baby steps, it’s do-able.

I’m a huge sky watcher.  I adore sunrises, sunsets, and pretty clouds like the ones above in my picture.  I love to be out on the water where the sky meets the sea.  Or at the beach where the ocean, the sand and the sun all meet.  In times of trouble, you can find me there as the sea, the sky, and the sand between my toes, bring me a calm like no other.

I look up for different reasons though.  It’s just not all about God for me when I look up. It’s about space, time, and imagination.  It’s about the vastness of the world and how little I am.  It stretches me out of my comfort zone and many times out of my own head.  Looking up fills me with wonder and with enthusiasm for this great big Universe in which we live.  It breaks me free from my own inner torment and pain, a soothing balm to my broken body and heart.  It is a reminder that we are all connected.  That we are all one.

Looking up gives me strength, encouragement and lightens my heart.  It fills me up with enthusiasm.  There’s nothing like looking up to see the sun coming over the trees, knowing a new dawn, a new day is beginning!  Optimism reigns on a new day that can bring anything wonderful!  For I am here!  I am alive.  I am free.

As the sun sets in its beautiful array of crimson, I am grateful for having enjoyed the chance to be here and to experience this day ~ whatever it has brought to me.

I am not so Pollyanna as to be all roses and skippy happy all the time.  I recall days when I did not feel as grateful for what I was presently enduring.  There were days that I wished otherwise.  I know.  I remember.  I do not forget them.  Those are the days that have made me stronger.  They have made me actually feel my faith in myself and others.  They are the days and nights when I looked up to the skies to search for answers which were all inside of me.

It’s October 1st, the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Do me a favor, look up to the sky and smile today.  Just smile for we are here.

Shine On!


P.S.  Don’t forget to say Rabbit Rabbit!

25 thoughts on “The Key to Life

  1. I am so grateful you are here, shining your light, illuminating the path for all to see the beauty and wonder of this moment.

    Blessings on your day.

    And I say…. white rabbit. white rabbit. white rabbit! 🙂


  2. Stay strong always and happy October, my friend!

    May this month be a beautiful and inspiring one for you and your loved ones!

    Take care and be well, always~ Cheers!! 😀

  3. I am so glad you are here. This is touching today. I am struggling with what to do with that part of me and in others that struggled so hard..and still struggles. One of my mentors keeps implying there is more to let go of. I know I need to honor this part..and so I look up at the sky again for answers. This is comforting. Thank you.

  4. October 1 is a special day for me as is the whole month of October. This year it is especially meaningful, I am: (1) stepping out of my comfort zone; moving beyond wearing pink; and making the decision during this Breast Cancer Awareness Month to develop a plan which will allow me to live life to its fullest. Though there is no known cure for Breast Cancer, I believe recurrence is less likely if I embrace a lifestyle based on spiritual, emotional, and physical” health and wellness.

  5. Lovely post. You remind me why I like to get outside sometime during my work day – so I can remember the bigger world around me and put everything in context. Thanks for your constant reminder of hope and courage and choice. Shine On!

  6. And in 9 days, it’s the second anniversary of parting with both breasts … two tumors, different and separate (separate but equal?) — on per breast. RIP girls. The implants don’t feel like me yet. Maybe someday.

  7. Love your blog…today I walked at the beach and took a deep breath looking around appreciating that I am surviving. I so live the smell of the salt air! During chemo my husband would drive me along the Jersey shore with a bucket in my lap so i could smell the air and hear the waves.Those little things like looking at the sky are taken for granted until you deal with cancer.

  8. I smile with you – we have come a long way haven’t we? I smile for our victory and for those who I have been blessed knowing in the journey of breast cancer. Some have lost their lives but they will remain forever in my heart for their strength, courage and determination. I smile because they lived and touched my life in a special way.

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