Choose Your Mission

“I’m not fully dressed until I have a smile on my face.”

Those words were some of the last my aunt saw before leaving the house every day. I learned of this during her funeral about eighteen months ago, as the pastor described the light she shined on those who knew her.

Posted on her mirror along with some verses of Scripture, it was a quick reminder to spread some joy despite any circumstances.

Considering this mantra defined the life of a woman battling ovarian cancer, it becomes all the more impressive.

I have encountered some unsavory situations since and this has bubbled to the surface of my mind.

It is easy to be overwhelmed by challenging times and shrink under pressure. There’s a fair amount of shock or disappointment–maybe even anger–that must be overcome in order to move forward.

Truth be told, it is a rare individual who can immediately put a happy spin on any situation.

I’ve yet to meet one.

The moment does not require positive thinking, it begs for a constructive mindset.

What’s the difference?

You use different words in the aftermath of disaster.

Instead of saying “everything will turn out great” through a forced grin, you ask “How can I use this experience?”

The former implies you must grin and bear it. The latter acknowledges your heartbreak.

Let’s look at the case of my aunt, for example:

On learning of her first bout–of three–with ovarian cancer, she set up a local chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition after finding only breast cancer survivors’ groups to talk with.

Her aim was to provide a comfortable place for others to discuss the challenges of the fight while educating other women regarding the “whispering” symptoms of the disease.

In other words, your crisis can lead to determination.

If you allow the events to swallow you whole, there’s little you’re able to do for anyone else.

Seeking the opportunity to redefine a disheartening experience gives you a mission.

You’re galvanized to correct future wrongs so others may avoid suffering.

You become a blessing to those who are unaware they need comfort.

Will you wallow in self-pity or set out to answer their prayer before it’s spoken?

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