Thoughts and Choices

Our life is what our thoughts make it.

— Marcus Aurelius —

When I saw the opening quote I immediately thought of my friend Bob who is two weeks into his journey of overcoming Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

We text each other every couple of days and at the end of our thread he usually closes his final text with, “I choose not to be sick today!”

He is going through a very aggressive regimen of chemotherapy which turns his body inside out but in his mind, he is telling himself he is not going to be sick.

I am so inspired by Bob’s attitude.

Our thoughts are so powerful.

We become our thoughts.

Bob is also walking every day and has a goal of walking two miles straight by the time he is released in a couple of weeks.

It’s important to note that he was several months into training for his first marathon (26.2 miles) when he suddenly fell ill to cancer. In our last text conversation, he revealed to me that he had talked with his oncologist to see what 2021 could look like from an exercise standpoint and the doctor told him that running a 1/2 marathon by October 2021 was a realistic goal to work towards.

Although he was happy to hear that news from his doctor, he told me that his fire and passion to complete a full marathon is burning stronger than ever before.

…amazing attitude considering what he is up against.

My takeaway from all of this can be summed up in a quote I saw from Brendon Burchard the other day:

We need to invest our time in thinking about what is important to us, what matters, what will bring us alive and make us feel excited and fulfilled.


…and protect your mind from all the other crap. 🙂

Choose your thoughts wisely because they most certainly determine your life.

Colossians 3:2, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (ESV)


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