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Doing our best every day no matter what

I received such a touching letter this morning from a reader of my blog who has become a close friend in the past few months, and who recently was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.

“My life expectancy is about five years,” my friend wrote, “which I intend to live fully and make it longer!”

We do not have any say over the sometimes unpredictable events that occur in all our lives. But we do have a say over how we will respond to those events.

We have a say whether our adversities will drag us down or whether they will be an impetus that helps us change and grow and experience more fully the wonder of life and the enormous potential of our true nature.

The letter which I received from my Internet friend this morning makes it very clear where her choice lies. She will continue to soar. She was soaring before her diagnosis and she is still soaring now. Though there will be bad days, of course, she will continue to love life and contribute her brave, resolute and joyful spirit into life even though her symptoms are difficult and painful.

My friend, who is a teacher, writes further, “I was advised to go on disability, but I know I don’t need that. It would make me sick.

“I love what I do. I am ALIVE when I work with children, engage with nature and humanity, and see each moment that life offers to us as a precious gift.”

We live in a time of great upheaval. Enormous changes are at work. Yet no matter what circumstances may arise in our lives we can always choose to simply do our best every day no matter what is going on.

We can always choose to be true to ourselves and, as my friend suggests, see each moment of life as the gift it truly is.

I send greetings and love to you and would love to share your thoughts on the above. If you haven’t already done so, please do check out my new book, The Secret Promise of Aging, at Amazon.

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Melanie July 25, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Chris, just had to let you know that this is exactly what I prayed for this morning: to be the best that I can be in any given situation and that my children will do the same and my granchildren too! Bless us all and thank you and your friend for inspiring all of us on the journey.

love and prayers ~ Melanie

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Christopher Foster July 26, 2014 at 10:13 am

Thank you for a lovely comment, Melanie. It’s a pleasure to hear from you. Love and prayers to you too.

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SandiO July 25, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Sending warm greetings to your friend, Chris. She definitely has connected with the right support person to see her through such a difficult time. She will be an inspiration to many…including her students and their parents. God bless.

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Christopher Foster July 26, 2014 at 10:17 am

Sandi, many thanks for your kind and supportive words. We’re all in this together, aren’t we. I send you blessings and love. Stay strong.

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Elizabeth Nunn July 25, 2014 at 5:32 pm

It’s such a relief to relax into “doing the best I can”. Such heavy expectations for so long have distorted a sense of “best” and even “adequate”. To me, relaxing into my best allows more flow through me and into my world. And, if we’re sincere, releases the past by knowing that whatever happened, we did our best.

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Christopher Foster July 26, 2014 at 10:35 am

Thank you, Elizabeth. You sum things up so well. Yes, there’s a middle way, isn’t there. I think we know when we’re “in the flow”, putting out our best product and yet not struggling with “heavy expectations,” just as you say. Blessings to you and it’s good to share this journey with you.

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Michel vaillancourt July 25, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Dear friend, our society is stuck whether in the pass or in the future and forgets the present moment, the place where everything significant in our life takes place. We have seen people change an attitude in their life and find their illness disappear. What is the greatest power in one’s life if not Love. Where can you experience the fullness of Love if not in the moment, so let us express the power at hand in our life and bless the world at the same time.
One with You,
Michel

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Christopher Foster July 26, 2014 at 10:37 am

Thank you for your beautiful comment Michel. I’m so happy to hear from you and send you a lot of love and good wishes. Where are you living these days, by the way?

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Michel Vaillancourt July 26, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Dear Christopher, I am still living in Quebec City with my wife Lucie.
My recherche for divine identity is always in full bloom in my life.
The experience of unconditional Love and the pleasure of sharing it with the world is a blissful experience. Our focus in this true identity allow’s us to see our environment in a different way and give the possibility to change circumstances with the most powerful force our world has ever known, LOVE. This provide the channel for the expression of God to take care of what is needed in the situations. Thank you for your on going work and this unconditional love of life you so fully express.
One with You,
Michel

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Christopher Foster August 9, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Michel, thank you for your further input here. So sorry I didn’t get back to you re your follow-up sooner. I’m very happy to know all is well and you are living in Quebec City with Lucille and above all letting your Love shine right where you are. We are privileged to be on the same journey together. Lots of love to you old friend and stay with it.

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