Even after years of chemotherapy, multple surgeries, radiation therapy, and targeted antibody therapy, I’ve learned to live in gratitude.

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Life is so precious and fleeting. When will you ever get a second chance at life? Sometimes I wonder why I was even given this one opportunity to live on this earth. The world is so chaotic and evil these days. People see only the evil and not the good in everyone. That’s why they gossip behind people’s backs, spread rumors, lie about others, and even harm others unknowingly. In the end, it all comes down to karma or reward for your actions in this lifetime. Therefore, you should do everything you can to be a good person and take care of others. It will not only benefit you but also other people around you as well as people that are yet to come after you if there is any karmic balance left for them considering how many lives you have touched in this lifetime.

Live in gratitude

We can’t control the people and things around us, but we can control our response to them. If you respond with gratitude, you’ll automatically feel happier, healthier, and more at peace with yourself and the world around you. It’s easier to appreciate the good things in life, even if they are few and far between. It’s also less likely to get stressed out, angry, or upset about things you have no control over. You’ll feel more empowered and ready to tackle whatever life throws your way.

Breathe in silence

Silence is a gift. The more we have of it, the more we have in us. When we are quiet, we can hear inside. We can be more present to what is going on around us. Silence is a tool to be used in meditation when we are ready to start listening to the answers of our soul. We can use silence to listen to our heart and to our other senses. While we breathe in, we can listen to our heart and what it is saying to us. We can ask it questions we want answers for, or we can just listen to it. When we breathe out, we can empty our heart, and again we can ask it questions. We can also just listen to our heart. We can repeat as many times as we want if we don’t have an exact answer to a question. Silence is a great tool to use during meditation.

Learn to be still

We all have a “monkey mind,” but if we don’t learn how to quiet it down, we are never going to be able to get anything done. We have to learn to quiet the sound of our thoughts. We can’t do this overnight, but we can start to make small changes that will help us get there. Meditation is a great way to practice this. We have to focus on one thing, quiet our mind, and not let our thoughts wander. If we don’t quiet our mind, we will never be able to think straight and put our energy into something productive. If we can quiet our mind, we will have more energy to get things done and not waste our time on things we don’t want to be doing.

Find joy in the small things

Life is short, so why not enjoy the things that are in your life right now? Make the most of your time with family and friends. Whatever you do, don’t waste your days in a rush. That is the quickest way to get old before your time is up. Try to do things that bring you joy. If you are in a job that doesn’t bring you joy, there are ways to find ways to make it more enjoyable, like finding a hobby outside of work that you can spend your free time on. Try to be present and really enjoy doing whatever you are doing. You don’t have to be perfect at it, just have fun and enjoy what you are doing in your life.

Don’t forget to play and laugh

Life is too short to be serious all the time. We have to take time for ourselves and really enjoy the present. We can’t live our lives thinking about the past or planning for the future. We have to live in the present and really enjoy what we have right now. Bucket lists and things to do before you die are great, but we have to start by doing what we can right now. It’s not going to matter what we did 20 years from now if we don’t start now. Find things to do that take your mind off of things that are bothering you. Go to a comedy club, take a cooking class, or join a sports team. There are many things you can do to take your mind off of things that are bothering you and make you laugh at the same time.

Be patient and grateful for change

Nothing lasts forever. Everything in life will change. This is okay, because the only constant in life is change. We have to embrace this and be grateful for it. Things will not always go according to plan, and we have to be patient and accept that things will not always go our way. There will be challenges, and we have to be grateful for the lessons they bring us. We can be grateful in the knowledge that whatever challenges we face, we are learning and growing as people. If things aren’t going according to plan or if challenges are impeding our plans, we have to be patient and accept that change is inevitable. We have to remember that good things will come to us in the future.


Life is too short to worry about what people think of us. We have to remember that everyone has their own opinions and that they can’t always be right. We have to remember that everyone makes mistakes and will never have perfect lives. Try not to compare your life to others’. Remember that you have your own unique life that is only for you. Live your life for you and only you. It is your life, and you are the only one who gets to live it. Whatever you do, don’t bottle it up inside because that is only going to make you feel worse. Talk to someone (a family member, a friend, a counselor, a school counselor, etc.) if you need to talk to someone. It’s important to surround yourself with positive people because they will lift you up and help you get out of your slump.

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