There's a beautiful inspirational story that you may have heard of two men in a hospital room. One man has his bed by the window and he describes these beautiful scenes each day of the scene outside of the window. The man in the bed away from the window uses his imagination and feels wonderful during the special hour each day when the man describes the scene. Sadly, one day, the man in the bed by the window dies. The man in the next bed asks the nurse if he can have the bed by the window. When he looks out of the window expecting to see this beautiful scene, all he sees is a brick wall. The nurse tells him that the man who had the bed by the window was blind; that is he was without sight but certainly not without vision. He chose his view and perspective not only for himself but to bring joy to his hospital roommate.
As I presented for yesterday's treatment with Joseph at Sollievo Massage and Bodywork, I told him that I was nervous about our cat Jamie. I told Joseph that I knew there was nothing for me to do but relax during the treatment and to know that the Universe was taking care of her. She was undergoing a dental procedure and it was going much longer than expected. Joseph suggested that I imagine all the beautiful things that were happening to make sure that she had good dental health and would be better after the surgery.
As I was leaving, I thanked Joseph for the wisdom he shared with me before the treatment. He said that even though there may have been more work done than we anticipated, and it might be difficult getting through the recovery period, it would have a wonderful outcome in the long run.
When I got to my car and checked my phone, there was a text from Angell Memorial Hospital with the caption, "Waking up mom. Did great!"
Jamie's vet called an hour later to explain that she needed to have three teeth extracted and while the recovery period might be a little rough, once we got through it, she will be much better off in the long run. She was at risk for infection and had also been in pain. Jamie is a sweet girl which is what the dentist confirmed on Jamie's discharge papers. She would, however, meow after breakfast every morning and would rub the side of her mouth against the furniture. I'm so glad that she's on the road to recovery and can get relief.
We have no control over the outcomes and experiences that come our way in this journey of life. There is one thing we always have control over and that is how we choose our view.
When we remember we have the freedom to choose our attitude, we can journey well.
"Journey Well" is available in Paperback and Kindle edition on Amazon
We are having a Book Release Party on January 10th from 5:30-7:30pm at the birthplace of Journey Well, Sollievo Massage and Bodywork, 2285 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA. Hope you can join us if you are in the greater Boston area.