Affirmation: I have fun, fun!
My affirmation used to be, I have fun, fun, fun! But I was actually having too much fun. I could exhaust myself running from activity to activity, so I took off one of the “funs.” This may seem like a silly, trite affirmation but this one developed from the advice and example of a very dear friend and fellow breast cancer survivor. No matter what she was going through in her life she always focused on the fun; she focused on the upside of the challenges. She is inspirational in the way she attacks her experiences with joy and hope.
When I went for tests to prepare for chemotherapy treatments, I had a young male technician ask me why I was undergoing the tests and when I shared with him that I was beginning chemo on Wednesday for breast cancer he said, “Boy, I hope you’re doing something fun on Thursday.” I can still hear his voice and remember my shocked response. I was just getting ready. I hadn’t really planned for anything afterwards. To be honest, I was wondering if I’d even be able to get out of bed afterwards no less plan for something fun. But, that one statement sent me on a remarkable journey.
What was it that brought me joy? What did I like to do that was fun? Well, I had a list but my favorite thing was to invite my friends to my home for lunch or dinner. I’d have an after chemo luncheon! With the help of a dear friend, we sent out invitations to all those people who had reached out to me when they heard about my diagnosis. We invited them to lunch at my home and we invited them to bring a dish to share. Yes, I had several calls and messages asking me if I were sure about this decision and a couple of people who told me I was crazy but I assured them that this was what I wanted to do.
Seventy five people showed up for what was to be the first of four after chemo luncheons. I was not feeling my best, to put it mildly but I was having company and I needed to pull myself together and greet my guests and receive all the hugs and warm wishes they had brought with them. It was a marvelous event! I invited my yoga teacher to open with some pranayama (yogic breathing) and mediation. At each luncheon someone shared a meditation or a story with the group and helped us bless the food and the gathering before we came together to eat and visit and celebrate the healing process that I was undergoing. At the last three luncheons, I was bald and I was suffering some of the other effects of the treatments but it didn’t matter. I was surrounded by all these amazing people who had taken their time and energy and had chosen to come support me during this major life challenge.
Very few men came to the luncheons, although they were always included in the invitations. I can clearly recall the ones who chose to brave the onslaught of women attendees and step into a situation that is mostly female related. One of them was my brother. To my complete surprise he and his wife drove down from another state. This is one of the many gifts I gave myself when I decided to share my journey and my life with those who had shown me love and concern.
The question asked on that day of tests by that wonderful technician completely turned around my breast cancer treatment from scary and onerous to one that was nurturing and yes, fun! If one can turn chemo and radiation into a fun experience, I think she or he may only need to put two “funs” into their affirmation. In fact they may only need one “fun.” How many do you want in your affirmation? What’s something you are facing with trepidation that you might be able to turn around by finding some aspect that you can call “fun?”