Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Walks of Life

During my present journey with prostate cancer I have encountered people from many walks if life: doctors, lawyers, physicists, engineers, farmers, truck drivers, pastors, actors, retirees, salespeople and on the list could go. When I thought of the phrase “walks of life” I began to ponder the depths of that expression and how it applies to everyone who seeks significance to their being. “Walking” implies movement towards a destination while “life” suggests existence and meaning.

Recently a friend of mine challenged me in this area. Even though unemployment and prostate cancer interrupted what I thought was my walk of life, he encouraged me to re-evaluate my life path. Prior to my diagnosis of prostate cancer I must confess my “walking” had been focused on the “movement” aspect not the “meaning” component.

As I evaluate my present “walk of life” I am continually reminded I am a work in progress in need of recalibration like my pod in Gantry 3. With each daily treatment two new x-rays are taken to see what adjustments are necessary to ensure the target area is hit as planned. Each day I hear the technicians call out the new positioning coordinates. The adjustments are slight, but they are essential to accomplish the intended results. I must ask myself, “What adjustments do I need to make, even if they are ever so slight, to be on target for each day?"

“… walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4: 1-3)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Gift of Today

Each day we are given is a gift. Unfortunately too many people do not know how to open the present.