Re: [MOL] The Meaning of Serenity [02597] Medicine On Line


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Re: [MOL] The Meaning of Serenity



Joicy,
As  usual, you are truly inspirational.  I loved what you said to Vicci. 
I'm going to save it to re-read myself.
Love,
Jean

On Wed, 26 Aug 1998 21:43:59 -0400 Joicy Becker-Richards
<joicy@erols.com> writes:
>Dear Vicci,
>With all that is going on in your life these days, I'm not surprised
>you're feeling kind of shaky, dear friend. And when everything is
>stirred up, it is so hard to find perspective. Unfortunately, there is
>no easy fix -- though folks will always hunt for it in meds, drugs,
>alcohol, money, etc., etc. Speaking from personal experience, I've 
>found
>only one source for that kind of serenity: knowing that there is 
>higher
>power with a plan... I tried for so long to "do it all" on my own, 
>with
>disasterous results. Finally, in desperation, I gave up and literally
>issued God a challenge: "Ok, you think you can do better with my life?
>Go for it! But I'm keeping notes!" And I did -- and he did. I mean, I
>really put him to the test -- as things went wrong, or I needed help,
>I'd make note of it in a journal, and then watch to see how he'd 
>resolve
>it. What amazed me is that I was always willing to settle for mediocre
>solutions, when God wanted to give me the best -- his answers always
>exceed my expectations.
>
>Oh, the stories I could tell... But the real test came 3 years ago as 
>I
>sat in a bath, dicovered a lump, and knew I had breast cancer. And in
>spite of it, like the mother bird in the story, I felt an impossible
>serenity, "the peace that passes all understanding," as the scriptures
>describe it. And that feeling stayed with me, even during the worst of
>it, with bad reactions to chemo, etc. We have a very powerful God. 
>It's
>tough turning things loose to him, but wow! the things that happen 
>when
>you do!
>
>Anyhow I share this with you as a friend, with love and concern for 
>all
>you're going through, and the hope I haven't offended. You and your
>family continue to be in my prayers. Love, Joicy
>
>Vicci Ewen wrote:
>> 
>> Oh to feel serene like that mother bird.  I kinda feel shaky most of 
>the
>> time lately.  Maybe some St. Johns Wort would help when we can't 
>pull out
>> of it ourselves.  Or is there something better?  Meditation?  
>Hypnosis?
>> Loved the story, Marty....            Vicci
>> 
>> ----------
>> > From: Martin Auslander <fitecancer@earthlink.net>
>> > To: Medical On Line Forum <mol-cancer@lists.meds.com>
>> > Subject: [MOL] The Meaning of Serenity
>> > Date: Wednesday, August 26, 1998 7:16 AM
>> >
>> > Good Morning My Friends,
>> >
>> > My your day be a day of serenity and peace and calm and may all 
>your
>> > days and dreams be filled with the blessings of serenity. Hope you 
>enjoy
>> > the following.
>> >
>> > God Bless
>> > marty auslander
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > The Meaning of Serenity
>> >  -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
>> >  There once was a King who offered a prize to the artist who would
>> >  paint the best picture of serenity.  Many artists tried.  The 
>King
>> > looked at all the pictures, but there were only two he really 
>liked and
>> > he had to choose between them.
>> >  One picture was of a calm lake.  The lake was a perfect mirror 
>for the
>> > peaceful towering mountains that were all around it.  Overhead was 
>a
>> > blue sky with fluffy white clouds.  All who saw this picture 
>thought
>> > that it was a perfect picture of serenity.
>> >  The other picture had mountains too.  But these were rugged and 
>bare.
>> > Above was an angry sky from which rain fell, and in which 
>lightening
>> > played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming  
>waterfall.
>> > This did not look peaceful at all. But when the King looked, he 
>saw
>> > behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock.  
>In the
>> > bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the 
>rush
>> > of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest ........... 
>perfect
>> > serenity. Which picture do you think won the prize? The King chose 
>the
>> > second picture.  Do you know why? "Because,"  explained the King,
>> > "serenity does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise,
>> > trouble, or hard work.  serenity means to be in the midst of all 
>those
>> > things and still be calm in your heart.  That is the real meaning 
>of
>> > serenity."
>> >                          Robert J. Chapman, Ph.D.
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