The first time I was clobbered with cancer, eleven years ago, a friend who had also been through cancer treatment gave me what I thought was a strange present.
It was the Dr Seuss book, Oh, the places you’ll go. She probably noticed my puzzlement and assured me that she’d taken a fair bit of comfort and a great deal of inspiration from it.
This wise lady couldn’t have presented me with anything better. I dipped into this zany book many times during and beyond my treatment and again with my grandchildren over the intervening years.
While travelling on another challenging cancer journey in recent months, I’ve again been reflecting on the ups and downs of life as I read through the rhymes and marvel at the amazing illustrations in this book. Many of us have situations inside and outside of work that knock us well and truly off our path. When this happens to you, remind yourself that you have the power to choose your destiny because:
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
Any direction you choose.
This doesn’t mean it will all be plane sailing. As Dr Seuss says:
I’m sorry to say so
But, sadly it’s true
Can happen to you.
You’ll come down from the lurch
With an unpleasant bump
And the chances are then
That you’ll be in a slump
And when you’re in a slump
You’re not in for much fun.
Is not easily done.
Remind yourself that you can’t always choose what will happen to you, but you can choose how you react and what you think about when those bang-ups and hang-ups do happen. I’d recommend you have a copy of ‘Oh, the places you’ll go’ handy for those inevitable occasions.