This past year, I was glad to meet a new friend who is a survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I never want to say I’m thankful that someone had cancer, but had my new friend, Natasha Duswalt, not had it, her husband would never have stumbled into a seminar looking for something to change the busy life they had.
I only mention that form of cancer today because another great man I know went though a few struggles with a similar disease. Yesterday Senator Arlen Specter of PA passed away at age 82 of complications from non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. While I have not read the entire story of his passing, I know it was a battle, a struggle.
Both of these people are great to me; they have accomplished great things in my opinion. Some may not think so, but some think the struggle of life when you get a cold or have to go to work with a headache is the toughest challenge they have ever faced.
I wanted to talk this week about struggles in life. In the past few years, I have lost three friends to different forms of cancer. I am reminded of it each time I see one of their pictures on my Facebook friends wall.
Each and every person has challenges; both you and I have struggles. What may be a small speed bump for one person, takes another person’s life. What some have to handle just to get up, get dressed and make it into the office each, day others could never imagine.
So this week I want you to name your struggles and see if you are able to find hope in your life as you see struggles from all sides. Keep your heart open to ways you can gain hope through the lives of others around you.
When I started Rocker Life Coach, it was about helping people get past struggles of how to balance work, life, and starting a business. Then I moved into helping entrepreneurs past the struggles of getting business and life cleaned up, finding their true passion and getting their businesses moving forward.
If you know something about my past, you know that I had to leave the career I wanted to work in and go back to working in something I disliked. It took years for me to finally walk away. After the terrible struggle in my life of being diagnosed with epilepsy in 1992, I have had to lie to get jobs; I had to work in whatever jobs were available.
The beginning of this post started with story of two people I know who struggled with different forms of lymphoma; one (Arlen Specter) has left us. But Natasha is still here and doing well. Her son is currently raising money to help those struggling with that disease. If you can donate to that cause, follow this link to help:
I get no compensation for your donation; it is just me asking from my heart for you to consider helping out. Thanks.
I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and where you are. Are you ready to start working through your struggles to become a RockStar in your world?