How do you write about life-changing moments? Like… where do you start? Those biiiiigg stories. That feel like you have to reach far back in time to the beginning, instead of simply saying, this is what it is.
Stories. Our stories. The ones that happened to us. The ones that are happening now. The ones we wish & hope for which I call dreams… stories literally shape our lives. In every way.
I’ve been learning a lot about personal storytelling. And Love.
My personal story got a re-write Friday, May 4th. I have cancer. And what I know is one of the most amazing stories of my life is unfolding.
One I never thought I might be telling, not from this vantage point anyway. And here I am. Optimystical Mynde… pedallar of dreams & the magic of believing. Ironic? Mysterious? Karmic? It is what it is.
I am discovering, if I’m willing to be bravely present-moment-minded, so much of everything I’ve ever asked for, sought after or wanted
is right here.
In every tear drop. In each embrace. Words spoken and unspoken.
For today, the story about me and cancer goes like this… I’m doing everything I can to make peace with it. To Love myself. And it.
And let in the amazing outpouring of Love others are offering.
I’m certain about only a few things. I gotta share the journey.
That’s who I am.
I will continue to do what I have been doing, but in a new & different way. Because that’s what we do.
It’s how we do change.
If you’re kinda stunned right now, I understand. It is kinda like a Mack truck, huh?
If you keep reading, I’ve got an idea that I think might help us both/all.
Hug My Cancer
So, I am a believer that fairies live in the words we spell, in our language. Linda Goodman tipped me off to this language of lexigramming & I recently purchased a book called It’s All In The Name by Sharita Star who’s riffed off what Linda shared and become quite masterful with it.
I’m just starting out. And when I received this diagnosis, through snotted up tears, standing in the kitchen one night rather recently I said to whoever had ears to hear it, “I know the word GRACE is in the word CANCER somewhere!” (Even though clearly there is no G in the word CANCER, d’oh!)
But if you HUG MY CANCER, there is!
Let’s be creative.
When things get hard, it’s time to up the fun-ante (something I talk about in the first chapter of my ebook Web Presence Essentials). Sometimes, when it gets really hard and I can’t imagine what fun would look like or feel like, I think about pre-school children.
My daughter went to a pre-school called ‘Discovery Depot.’ I remember doing a lot of peeking when she was this age. In another’s care. I wanted to see her state-of-mind, her state-of-being. And get the indications “all is well in her world.”
When I close my eyes and peek in on this memory, I see children sitting in a circle, playing, interacting together, filling in the gaps of a real-time reality with imaginings & make-believe.
Be a child with me today or sometime this week.
- Draw, paint, write, digital photography, video… just hug my cancer.
- Pick up your favorite teddy bear, or your real four-legged furry friend, hug them and share the photo on Instagram or text it to me privately at 714-328-3828. And we’ll hug my cancer, together.
- Mailvu.com is super fun and easy way to record a video and email it anywhere. My email address is mynde (@) myndemayfield (dot) com.
Why would I hug my cancer or want you to? Why not? Love is miraculous. And I’m willing to receive.
Hug my cancer? Won’t you? (Really! I’m certain about this.)
Oh, and what in your life might really begin to shift & change if you decided to love and accept it, instead of fight and conquer it?
Try kindness. Try courage. Try honesty. Try hugs & smiling. Or looking up at the sky. Try not to stop the tears when they want to come. Try. Experiment. Do something different. ♥ ~mm:)