Heal Your Life After Cancer

How to Live Your Life Without Borders After Cancer

 

What does it mean to live your life without borders?

I pondered this question after attending Jesse Cook’s 'Beyond Borders' Concert in Kelowna on October 6.

'Beyond Borders' makes me think about pushing beyond limits. 

You know, those uncomfortable, cramped situations that make you feel like its impossible to breathe. 

Where it feels like nothing is possible. 

Like the only way is down.

And the only path is a fast road to despair.

I know many of us have been in situations like that. If you've been diagnosed with cancer then you know the feeling.

This might surprise you, but like it or not, they're really good for us.

(That's a difficult concept to conceive — especially if you’re facing chemo, surgery or radiation).

These uncomfortable experiences push you to grow beyond your own borders of what you think is comfortable.

They push you beyond the borders of your beliefs and compel you to look for new ways to overcome your challenges.

They push you beyond the borders of what your mind conceives is possible. 

So often, we limit what we are capable of because fear holds us back. 

We limit the way we think by letting others dictate to us how we should conduct our lives.

We limit what we can achieve because we believe that we are restricted by limits.

Yet if we can be open to a new perspective...

A challenging situation can be looked upon as a thing to be mastered, rather than a threat to be avoided. 

You can decide to ignore your limitations and push back the boundaries.

Once you do, you will learn the tools to succeed in anything in life.

That’s the beauty of challenges.

Sitting in the audience that night listening to Jesse Cook’s music, it makes me wonder what borders he pushed himself to move beyond. 

It’s easy to look at someone like him and think he’s got it made in the shade. 

Yet judging from his hauntingly beautiful and mesmerizing compositions, it’s possible that Jesse Cook experienced some challenging situations in his life.

It has been said that the greatest gifts come from the deepest suffering. 

Jesse Cook clearly moved beyond his own borders, whatever those challenging situations might have been. 

That Saturday night in Kelowna everyone in that stadium was grateful that he did. 

All who rose to their feet with thunderous applause could have listened to the Juno Winning Artist play the same hauntingly mesmerizing songs over again a thousand times.

Which makes me think, what borders would you like to move beyond in your life?

Changing yourself is not an easy task. It takes a lot of courage, patience, and time. 

Make an effort to change and grow beyond your imagination.

Every time you overcome a challenge, it will lift you up. 

It will build your confidence and show you what you are made of. 

I encourage you to embrace the 'beyond borders' situation in which you might find yourself. 

It may be the biggest gift in your life.  

If you want to know how to turn your biggest challenges into your greatest dream come true, click here: http://bit.ly/theadventureprinciple

Photo credits for image of stained glass window: msandersmusic.

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