Man with a Mission

Sunday, July 08, 2007

I'm slacking...

Ok I'm slacking already in keeping it up to date. I will have more to tell when I see the doctor next week in terms of getting approved for the new study. I also just want to say thank you to everyone who has sent the meals and food over. It has been a great help in so many ways and I apologize for not sending an email, for some reason I can not sign into my work account. But overall I'm feeling good, trying to relax, heal, and prepare for the new treatment. Just waiting for some of the restrictions to be let up from the doctor. It's amazing how many things we pick up that are over 5 lb's. This will pass and Alec will be nothing but happy again soon.

I have an interesting article that I thought some might find interesting, just new possible ways to cure cancer - frogs?

Here is another little article that I received in my cancer newsletters. I love the lore of Dragons so thought I would share. Please note i did not write any of this below but love the idea behind it.

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do." ~Eleanor Roosevelt~

"According to legend, Shaolin temple monks had to endure an agonizing test of endurance and courage in order to achieve the level of master. They were made to strip naked and embrace a branding vessel that had been emblazoned with an image of a dragon. The resulting "dragon scar" was proof that the monk could face and overcome his fears.

Many people refer to cancer as "the beast," and being diagnosed is often compared to "facing the dragon." Cancer is indeed a terrifying diagnosis to receive, and it is little wonder that the first instinct for many of us is to turn away, to say I can't do this, to be paralyzed by fear.

But I wonder if we might do better to consciously employ a different technique, that of embracing the dragon, and by doing so, to tame the beast and finally defeat it.

One of the earliest stories in which someone who is threatened by a dragon makes use of this technique is the story of St. George. George, (not a saint yet, of course, but just a tribune in the Roman army) came across a maiden who was being held captive by a dragon. The dragon was hiding nearby (they're sneaky that way), and the maiden - quite understandably - was weeping. When George asked her why she was crying, she urged him to "quickly mount your horse and fly less you perish with me."

Of course, the brave tribune stood his ground and asked of what she was so afraid. Just then, the dragon emerged from its hiding place and the maiden screamed (maidens did a lot of that back then). George, however, made the sign of the cross, uttered a brief prayer (it is often necessary to be brief when facing dragons), and advanced on the dragon. Brandishing his lance (don't worry; you won't need one of these), he transfixed the beast and cast it to the ground. He instructed the maiden to pass her girdle (I don't think "girdle" meant the same thing in those days) around the dragon - note that she "embraced" the dragon! - and to fear nothing. When this had been done, the dragon followed her like a puppy!

George and the maiden then led the dragon into the town it had been terrorizing. The people fled, but George called them back and told them they no longer needed to fear the dragon because he had been sent to deliver them. After much celebrating and baptizing, George smote off the head of the dragon.

While we as cancer survivors are not required to face down a fiery dragon (and I for one am very thankful for that!) or do any actual smoting (again, grateful!), we can learn a powerful lesson from the Shaolin temple monks (no branding vessels required) and St. George. By turning and facing "the beast" head on, showing no fear ("fake it 'til you can make it") even when your knees are knocking and your heart is pounding, and maybe even shouting "Bring it on!" above the dragon's roar, we can tame it enough to embrace it, not with affection, mind you, but in an act of power and control.

In yet another bit of dragon lore, it is said that by embracing a dragon, you absorb a bit of its heart and its courage. And who among us couldn't use a little more of that?"


  • YOu face the dragon bravely my friend, and you shall smite it as St. George did as well. :-)


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:39 AM  

  • OK, I can see you have time on your hands. This is the longest posting yet. But it is beautiful. It is wisdom we can all apply. You bring grace to our lives. Love to you, my daughter and grandson. Janet

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:22 PM  

  • Your words bring strength to us all and are wise words indeed.
    I'm proud to call you friend and beg you to call upon me if I can help.
    Faith, hope and love are with you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:33 PM  

  • Nice post.

    By Anonymous Anna, at 3:49 AM  

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