Dawn Beye, a dear friend and colleague who
practices in the Kansas City area, was
diagnosed six months ago with a
cancer considered "incurable." I've been deeply impressed by her courage, candor, humor and grace in dealing with this challenging visitor and with the wise reflections she posts on her CaringBridge website. Here's a sample:
"I saw a movie recently - Miracle at St. Anna -
a Spike Lee movie. It had some lines I really
liked. At the end, a character was talking
about how there is no control in life -
wherever you go or try to hide, there are
risks. And yet we expend so much energy
and resources to maintain an illusion of
control and safety. Here's the quote I liked:
'Safety is the greatest risk of all, because safety leaves no room for miracles. And miracles are the only sure thing in life.' "One thing I am learning well with this
cancer is that miracles abound in all the
messiness and unpredictability of life.
Safety, as we commonly think of it on this
earth (physical safety, financial security, etc)
is impermanent and can disappear in the
blink of an eye. And yet, at the core of our
being, we are always safe. Even when 'bad'
things are happening.
"When we learn to perceive from the highest
part of ourselves, we find peace and
assurance. For me this is the miracle -
the sure thing. I'd like to be a lot better at
tuning into this. I can't say that I'm all that
skilled at it yet. But I'm willing to keep
learning. And I'm getting plenty of learning
opportunities these days. Practice makes
perfect, as they say."