How much drama do you want in your life? What would your life look life if you turned the volume down a little? Do you thrive on telling stories of the chaos that runs your life or in listening to the stories people so love to tell?
I like most other people could talk for days about the ‘stuff’ going on in my life right now. I have however chosen to turn the sound right down and change my focus and I’ll tell you why. I have a very dear friend, a neighbour in her 60s, a wonderful woman with whom I share much of my ‘stuff’. 18 months ago she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour and was given 4 months to live. After several rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and a bloody-mindedness that I have never before witnessed she is still here. Each check up was showing the tumour reducing in size. She was not done with this life. Sadly, however another tumour has been growing and this one is aggressive. This tumour is daily taking my friend away from her family and rather selfishly from me. She continues to be the vibrant, wonderful, cheeky, positive and inspiring woman that I know and love. She is teaching me daily to focus on love and joy and happiness. She is the reason I have turned down the incessant chatter in my head and decided to focus on what I want, on gratitude for what I already have and not to even give a moments thought to that which I don’t have.