Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Which door will you choose?

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us." - Helen Keller

I chose that quote this week for my blog to help remind us about the positive things that we might overlook in our everyday lives. Just because we might not reach a certain goal, or an outcome does not turn out how we planned, does not mean we cannot take positive things out of the situation. There are positives in almost any situation. Twenty years ago this past May, I was diagnosed with Lupus. Now on the surface being diagnosed with Lupus, well to be quite frank, it sucked. I was sick, in pain, and I was informed I was no longer going to be able to play baseball - which was my be all and end all at that point in my life. Now, I was lucky, I was lucky to have the type of supportive family who was there to help me see the positive things I still had going for me. You see, I have been asked time and time again, if I'm ever angry about being sick, or if I wish I could change it. The truth is, I don't get angry, and I would not change having Lupus. I have met many wonderful people that I never would have if I did not have Lupus. I believe that my illness, helped make an already close family even closer. Having Lupus has helped shape who I am as a person, and I like who I am. Having Lupus has helped me find strengths inside that I may never have found. I have discovered the true meaning of love and friendship thanks to having Lupus. The journey that I have taken in life, that was altered by my diagnosis, I would not change that for anything in the world. I share this with you this week in the hopes that you will take my story with you through your day, and when you face setbacks and challenges, instead of looking at what didn't happen, try and find what did. Instead of looking at why a situation is bad, find the good. Life happens, and you can choose to stare at a closed door all day, and be frustrated, or find the open door and be free.

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