Doc Joy upon arrival at the Cuna Hotel, El Nido, Palawan
DAY 14 - JOY
We travelled to El Nido from Puerto Princesa, Palawan by land last August 2019. It took us 6 hours to get there so I felt stiff and tired. But when I saw this sign, I ran and had my photo taken. Biglang nawala ang pagod ko.
When you were diagnosed with cancer, your world fell apart. “Nawala ang sigla sa buhay mo”. Learn to see the positive side of cancer. It is not a death sentence but a detour. Empty your thoughts to make room for a positive outlook. Open your heart to receive love. Laugh out loud. Watch comedy. Surround yourself with happy people. Find joy in simple things like the sun on your face, a breath of fresh air and the smell of roses in the garden.
Rejoice in the Lord always because "A joyful heart is the health of the body but a depressed spirit dries up the bones," from Proverbs 17:22. Perhaps, you were lost in your busyness to further your career. You ignored your family. You neglected your health but cancer has given you the time to rest and come to life again. It is not the time to brood but a time to be joyful for the chance to change your life after a cancer diagnosis.
From Luke 15:32, "But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found."
Lord, our God, thank You for every day that I wake up to feel the sun on my face, to see the smile of my loved one and to hear the laughter from people around me. I choose to rejoice because You never left me. I entrust myself to Your Immaculate Mother because she brings me closer to your Son, Jesus Christ. I claim my healing through her intercession. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Make a list of things or people who bring joy to your life today and do your part to bring joy to others too.