Greetings all, and happy New Year!
We hope this email finds you healthy, happy, and well. With the New Year upon us, we hope you have set some lofty goals for yourself to help you push your limits and reach new heights. Remember that if you set your goals too low, you may very well reach them, but could you have done more? Remember that this life is short, and we need to make the very best of the short time we have here.
Speaking of lofty goals, our friend James Lawrence has out-done himself by taking FIRST PLACE in his first of 30 Ironman races this year. Way to go, James! We’re all watching you and hoping you are able to pull this off! James can use our help, so PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, if you have airmiles or frequent flyer points that you can give to James, please let me know!
Also, on my letter dated December 14, I failed to mention a few things. The letter included an article by Jackie Clark. Jackie joined the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in 2009 as research assistant after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in fitness and nutrition. Jackie’s experience in technical and medical research has allowed her to assist in the development of medical content and outreach efforts, with specializations in alternative care, cancer support programs, and social media campaigns. Thanks again for your letter, Jackie, it was very informative.
Last of all, we wanted to share an inspiring poem with you. It is by Ella Wheeler Wilcox and it encourages us to smile through the difficult times. Don’t let the difficult times take your smile away!
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
It is easy enough to be pleasant,
When life flows by like a song,
But the man worth while is one who will smile,
When everything goes dead wrong.
For the test of the heart is trouble,
And it always comes with the years,
And the smile that is worth the praises of earth
Is the smile that shines through tears.
It is easy enough to be prudent,
When nothing tempts you to stray,
When without or within no voice of sin
Is luring your soul away;
But it’s only a negative virtue
Until it is tried by fire,
And the life that is worth the honor of earth
Is the one that resists desire.
By the cynic, the sad, the fallen,
Who had no strength for the strife,
The world’s highway is cumbered to-day;
They make up the sum of life.
But the virtue that conquers passion,
And the sorrow that hides in a smile,
It is these that are worth the homage on earth
For we find them but once in a while.
Take care and keep on tri-ing!
Your friends at the Hess Cancer Foundation