July 26th is designated All or Nothing Day, It’s a day that is dedicated to living life to the fullest. You never know when your life will end and that’s great advice. Live every day as if it were your last. Below is a story about Heather Von St. James is a 10-year survivor of a rare cancer called mesothelioma and was given only 15 months to live when she was diagnosed.
She decided that it was going to be all or nothing from that day on. It’s a question of attitude. She didn’t let her diagnosis of mesothelioma defeat her and fought to stay alive. Our minds are powerful and when we focus, we can overcome almost anything.
She’s dedicated herself to being an advocate for those affected by mesothelioma by spreading cancer awareness and educating others about the dangers of asbestos.
You can view her blog series with her full story by clicking here.
A disease like mesothelioma can’t stop you from Living life to the fullest
It’s easy to let an obstacle in life paralyze you whether it’s a medical diagnosis, divorce, death of a loved one or financial disaster. Don’t feel guilty about taking a little time to work it out in your brain. That’s normal. However, you can’t let it stop you from moving forward in life. Those who are strong in mind and will power survive. The weak resort to chronic substance abuse, depression, and ultimately suicide. It doesn’t have to be that way. You are on this Earth for a purpose. It may be elusive, but if you relax and let it flow, it will come to you.
I love the idea of having a day to live life to the fullest. Sometimes we have to be reminded. Think about what you do on a daily basis that makes a difference in the world and in your life. Do you spend all day whiling away the time waiting to go back to bed again or do you keep busy working purposefully?
You don’t have to accomplish big things to live your life on purpose. It’s the small things that really count. Learn something new, help someone, appreciate nature, accomplish a goal, etc. Pull yourself out of despair by taking baby steps and connecting with others. There is nothing worse than complete isolation. The people who live the longest in the world are those who nurture friendships, have support systems and stay busy.
If you have a disease, like Heather did, find out as much as you can about it to optimize your chances of survival. Don’t give up. Eat well, keep moving and stay positive. It can only help.
I’ve been lucky to have stayed healthy so far but I’ve had my share of ups and downs including widowhood and financial disaster. It’s part of life and we all must get through it. Make All or Nothing Day every day. It’s so worth it.
How are you living your life to the fullest? Please leave a comment below.