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After Illness, Restoring One’s Purpose

Illness can suck us dry, but we can replenish. Today’s blog is dedicated to restoring one’s purpose. Let’s begin with a quote by Norman Cousins, “Never deny a diagnosis, but do deny the negative verdict that may go with it.”

Norman Cousins was an amazing man. He was diagnosed with two life-threatening illnesses and in both cases used humor along with medical treatment to heal himself. He later went on to help shape the way we look at illness, showing us that illness need not rob us of being fully alive.

In my own life, I find that the key to health is freedom from fear. Being sick is one of the scariest things in the world; being fearless in the face of illness is a huge challenge. Many people before me have done this, inspiring me to rise above my fear and to live in the reality of illness without the pain of fear.

How do I do this? It is a practice. Support, good information, choosing a trustworthy medical team and trusting their advice are part of it. Meditation, stress-reduction, exercise, good sleep, a healthy diet and lots of fun also help to keep me fit and out of fear.

Also, I figure fear isn’t going to improve my health, so why not just skip it.

Another thing I do is try to change the current reality. Serving the greater good helps me feel fully alive. In this case, the greater good is participating n the elimination of viral hepatitis. We can do this. After you are rested, see what you can do to help someone else. The more you do, the more your purpose, and the energy to achieve it, will be evident. Ironically, it is the act of fulfilling my purpose that keeps me healthy.

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