Bodies are like Cars

This summer I am working on the fourth revision of a diary I keep while going through cancer. Each day I will share one rewritten entry. My goal is to have the fourth rough draft completed by August 15th. All rights reserved, but feedback welcome.:)

Day Ninety Six
My counselor said
to me today
that people are a lot like

Some need an oil change,
and they’re ready to go,
while others need a complete

I’m basically the car
that’s been in an accident.
I feel guilty at how much time
I’m in the shop for repair.

She turned the tables,
and then she said,
“what if a good friend
told you the same thing?”

“I’d tell them don’t worry,”
“exactly!” she said.
“you wouldn’t try to drive
a totaled car, would you?”

“And even if you did,
it wouldn’t’ function,
so you might as well give it, and yourself,
the time needed.”

It’s easy to tell a friend
what they need to hear,
so why then is it so difficult
to tell ourselves?


If you liked this entry, you may also like a past blog series I did called Vehicles for Vision:

Click here for the intro to Vehicles for Vision: tune up or trade in?

Day One: How to Decide?

Day Two: Consulting with Others

Day Three: Consider how emotions effect the vehicle

Day Four: Habits for Best Performance

Day Five: A Visual to Think About – There is no such thing as failing. You simply are learning what doesn’t work and then you get to try again.

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