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

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When You Wake Up

When You Wake Up

You wake up when you wake up.

Sometimes it's an alarm.

Sometimes it's a dream.

Sometimes it's pain.

Sometimes life sucks.

What can you do?

Accept it.

Accept it exactly how it is.

And exactly how it's not.

Life gives us what it gives us.

You wake up when you wake up.

To what's happening now.

To how things really are today.

Not your expectations of how things should be.

Or how things coulda-would-shoulda been different.

Or how it's gonna be so much better tomorrow.

Embrace it how it is right now.

And even now.

Especially when you don't wanna embrace how it is now.

All we can do is embrace what happens.

While it's happening.

And embrace our reaction to what happens.

As we're reacting.

Give it a hug.

A warm embrace.

A reality check cuddle.

Embrace your inner Blues Traveler.

It won't mean a thing in a hundred years.

You wake up when you wake up.

Good morning.