Life is precious. It is a gift from God. It is not to be taken for granted. It is a blessing. To whom much is given, much is expected. I honestly believe it is up to us to do the very best with what we have been blessed with.
We all experience life through our own set of eyes. Shakespeare writes “The eyes are the window to your soul.” I think if you look deep within someone’s eyes you can gain a deep sense to who they really are. Some people’s eyes shine bright with a sense of warmth and caring that radiantly emanates from them. Other’s eyes can be sad and show a troubled brooding soul. Still other’s eyes can be cold and withdrawn.
These are the same set of eyes we view our world through. Ultimately it is up to us which set of eyes we use to shape and mold who we are in this life. It’s true. Life can be hard, especially when faced with a disease like Sarcoidosis. However, I believe there is much positive that can be found through the disease as well. It just depends which set of eyes we chose to see with.
Without pain and illness, we would never truly be able to experience and appreciate living without it. We would simply take for granted the gift of living well. Without pain we would never be able to know comfort. Without being ill , we would never know what it meant to be well.
Sarcoidosis has changed who I am as a person. It has in fact, in many ways, changed me for the better. I am a much more compassionate person than I used to be. I have gained a desire to be loving, caring and supportive. I honestly try to live by the motto of treating everyone kindly. We never know what private battles people are facing. We can be the one to make a difference in a person’s life simply by being kind.
We can chose to see “the glass” as half empty or half full in life. Sarcoidosis has pushed me to see it as half full. Full of life, full of love, full of compassion. It has also pushed me to see the silver lining, to know that there is always someone else who has it worse than me, and to take the focus off of myself and place it on helping others.
We make choices every day to live well or not. I chose this day and challenge everyone facing a difficult battle to find your “positive” moments, focus on those, and be thankful to be alive, believing someone else always does have it worse. Maybe then, just maybe, YOU can be the person to make a difference in THEIR lives as they gather that warmth and caring that emanates from you as they gaze deeply into the windows of your soul!!!