Love Is The Strongest Medicine: Notes from a Cancer Doctor on Connection, Creativity, and Compassion

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What If

What If

What if?

What if what?

What if anything?

What if everything?

What if it happens?

What if it doesn't happen?

That thing I'm worried about.

I think, therefore I worry.

I occasionally have worried thoughts.

I had anxiety as a child.

Anxiety is "what if."

"What if" is just another distraction.

Another distraction from being present.

As if my smartphone wasn't enough.

So I give my "what if" a hug.

Oh, you "what if" you.

I cradle it and let it be exactly what it is.

A distraction.

I remember that I'm not my distractions.

I'm what I see between the distractions.

What I think between the worried thoughts.

Every "what if" is an opportunity.

To embrace it.

To let it be what it is.

To recognize what it isn't.

To be present.

To be fully present to everything life has to offer.