Wow. I’m feeling SO MUCH better than I’d anticipated. Thank you for your emails, positive thoughts, and mashed potatoes! Chemo makes you weepy, reflective, and uber-cheesy. On that note, an article I stumbled upon last week articulated my feelings about being on the receiving end of so much love. Here’s the snippit that grabbed me:
Our society provides no curriculum or schooling on how to notice love or recognize the many people who love us. Most of us haven’t been taught that to receive love deeply and transmit it wholeheartedly is a real human possibility, that it can be learned, and that to do so is the key to our deepest well-being. As adults, we need to become newly aware of the love that has infused our lives all along.
From “Love is All Around” by John Makransky, published in Tricycle
But how does one learn to give and receive love? I will NEVER EVER say cancer is a gift. (As one wry friend put it, “if cancer is a gift, you’re not invited to my birthday party.”) But I am open to recognizing how it’s changed me. And, without a doubt, the most profound shift I’ve experienced is my ability to see the love that has infused my life all along.
I can so relate to this. Shift in worldview, definitely, and a forced pause that helps us see how much love there has always been around us. Definitely.
Robert and I are sending some love (and some snail mail post as I have been absent from your blog). What? What did you say? No, no, we were going to send mash potatoes by post but after reading this blog, we realized you already have potatoes, so we moved one entry back in the cookbook and have sent your polenta (warm, ready) by post. Get your spoon ready.