If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...
Remember that you are not alone. Just when you think you are, God sends an angel your way to remind you.
The morning my husband was scheduled for triple by-pass surgery, I found myself in a waiting room, alone, and trying desperately not to cry in front of strangers. God sent me an angel, a pastor we did not know from a local church we had never attended, to comfort me and pray with me. This was just one of many times in my life that God used to remind me that I am not alone.
Praise each day. It truly is a gift from God.
Even if you only do it once in your lifetime, watch a sunrise at the beach. I guarantee that it will be an experience you will never forget.
Never lose hope. It’s difficult not to lose hope when you feel like you are drowning. The third time I was diagnosed with cancer, I was mad at the world and at God. Once I got over feeling sorry for myself, I created a monthly newsletter reminding women of the importance of getting a yearly check-up. I got so involved in what I was doing, I almost forgot I was going through cancer!
Sing, sing, sing. Sing in the shower. Turn up the dial on the radio or CD player and sing along. It doesn’t matter if you can’t sing, sing anyway. If your kids or your spouse make fun of your singing, sing louder! Scientific research has shown that singing can boost your immune system.
Laugh every day. Research has shown that the health benefits of laughter are far-ranging. I admit, I have a quirky sense of humor. My husband does not understand it, my kids don’t understand, and so far I’m the only one that understands it. BUT… my patients loved it! A quick laugh here and there used to make them forget about their pain for a few moments. Always laugh at yourself… never laugh at others.
Be courteous, always. Open the door for someone, man or woman. Say “thank you” and “you are welcome” even if they don’t say it to you.
Smile at a stranger. You probably just made his day.
Brother, can you spare a dime? Don’t ignore the homeless. Don’t worry about what you think he’s going to do with that spare change.
Respect the elderly. They were here before you. Whether you like it or not, they do know better.
It’s OK to get old, we all do, but remain young at heart. Go on a swing, watch cartoons, blow bubbles, neck in the car, and stop acting your age!