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The Challenge Be Still

Updated on March 31, 2015
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Why Be Still

Our society says we need to be in constant contact. We have cell phones, iPads, email, snail mail and land lines to keep us connected. Our acquaintances, family and friends are so important we are never quiet. But should we always be in contact? Does constant contact lead to worry?

I just called my aunt. There was no answer. Apprehension creeps into my whole body. I am an emotional wreck. Lately, every time I call without getting an answer something has been wrong with dad. When the world comes crashing down worry doesn't help. What does help is taking the challenge to be still. Challenge to be quiet in soul, mind and body. As I revisit this challenge over and over I am reminded of this wise saying, "Be still and know I am God". Stillness goes against everything in me. Got to move, or do I?

A New Adventure

Living with cancer is a roller coaster ride. I live with cancer, but it isn't who I am.

Tomorrow will be the beginning of a new adventure. I will begin radiation therapy. Will I take the challenge to be still. Will you take the challenge?

Take the challenge. Watch tension release and slide off your shoulders.

I have chosen that challenge.

The visit with the radiologist releases my fears.

Everyone has been afraid the radiation will damage my heart. Athletes depend on their hearts to be strong.

The Radiologist said, "There is less than a single digit chance that the radiation will cause heart damage". I had to have him repeat that statistic.

Perhaps we can kick this cancer completely out once and for all. Anticipating a high if the cancer is gone or a low if it isn't. Several years later cancer isn't gone, but neither am I and new treatments hold bright hopes.

I am contemplating the idea of being still. I am never still. My friend says my low energy is higher than her highest energy.

I will have to be still when I have treatments, so why not practice now.

Radiation

Radiation started and I am doing well. The tumor shrunk significantly in a short period. They put a piece of plastic in my mouth and tell me to breath in deeply. The plastic holds my breath while they shoot radiation into my chest. I have to be still. Movement would be bad.

The Challenge


Be still and know me.

Stop, listen, be still.


The world is upside down.

Clouds scud like sea billows.

Jet trail boats in the cloud sea.


Be still and know me.

Stop, listen, be still.


Go, do, accomplish, screams life.

Be in control.

Today, just one day, take the challenge.


Be still and know me.

Stop, listen, be still.


Tires mash curbs, buses passing, children hurry to school.

Parents walking. Teachers talking.

Recognize the voice. Take the challenge


. Be still and know me.

Stop, listen, be still.

Organize, clean, polish, screams life.

Dust shrouds furniture, casualty of business.

So much to do.


Be still and know me.

Stop, listen, be still.

Today, take the challenge. Today, be still

Know he can take care of everything you need.

Relief

Auntie finally answers on the 5th ring. I was so delighted we talked for more than an hour. Dad is well. It had been a busy day of doctors appointments and grocery shopping.

Peace floods my body.

Be still, let peace flood you and sustain you.

One Year Later

Tireless traveler here. Yearning to take a day and be still. Today is supposed to be the day. Once again life is fast paced. People coming, going, needing my attention. I issue the challenge once again.

If only for 10 minutes let stillness sweep over you and rest on you like a blanket. Relax and refresh.

Be Still.

Stop, listen, be still.

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    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      5 years ago from California

      azrestoexp, Thank you.

    • azrestoexp profile image

      Arizona's Restoration Experts, LLC 

      5 years ago

      What a beautiful, inspiring hub.

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      5 years ago from California

      whowas- I am so sorry that I missed replying to your lovely comments in a timely fashion. Thanks you for reading.

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      whowas 

      5 years ago

      Your beautiful philosophy and your wisdom are an inspiration and encouragement to me in all manner of ways.

      In the stillness of now, everything is.

      Peace and moments rich in happiness to you and thank you for sharing your profound journey with us all. It is a great gift.

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      5 years ago from California

      GTF- Your welcome.

      arb- Thank you for your kind comments. I will remember that winter does indeed spur our love of spring. Yesterday morning I woke up on my left side for the first time in a month and it was spectacular. Sometimes the little things are just the deal to get you through the winter.

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      arb 

      5 years ago from oregon

      "There is a season for all things" and there is a reason that it is so. It is the winter that spurs our love of spring and stillness that spurs our next adventure. Perhaps tranquility isn't something to be found, perhaps it lies in waiting for us to stop and breathe the stillness. As you note, there is healing there. I pray that it is so. Beautiful poem.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      6 years ago

      Enjoyed this and it really spoke to me. Thank you.

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Thank you, shiningirisheyes, the blessing is lovely. I don't do well sitting still either.

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Cincture of Protection

      I weave the cincture of protection

      from the nine threads of life:

      Peace of mind

      Truth of speech,

      Timeliness of action

      Success of deed,

      Prosperity of work.

      Health of body,

      Courage of spirit,

      Compassion of heart,

      Wisdom of soul.

      These nine threads be my belt

      wherever I walk

      That is a Celtic Prayer from my Irish heritage. A cincture is a sash usually printed with this prayer on it. I am saying it for you, friend.

      I love your spirit and I am someone who has a hard time sitting still. So glad to have found your page. You provide great inpiration for looking at life with zest.

      Wonderful words written so artistically. Glad you shared and I thank you.

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      MM thanks for stopping. I am more than halfway done with the treatments and doing well. It is the prayers of the faithful that keep me going.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      There is so much advice, help and wisdom in your words... thank you for sharing them with us.

      My thoughts and prayers are with you, your faith I know will give you great strength...

      My best wishes to you, Lesley

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      Amy Becherer 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Magnificent, tirelesstraveler. Your narrative joined with your poetry in a mantra that was both calming and joyful, logical and magical. In one word, I call it "perfect". Be well.

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      MsDora- last night I read in Max Lucado's book "Fearless"

      "If the ending isn't happy then its not the end".

      Your prayers and encouragement are so appreciated.:)

      raciniwa- Jim Stockdale was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for 7 or 8 years. He said he had faith he would make it out. The ones who died were the optimists, who said we will be out by Christmas then Easter. They died of broken hearts. You are so right in thinking positive attitude makes the world of difference. As one whose attitude with out the indwelling of God tends to be very negative I know the difference.

      Blessings :)

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      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      that's the attitude...i have talked to a breast cancer patient...positive thinking doesn't help...but positive attitude does...best wishes for you and my fervent prayer...

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Be still and know . . . that He gives happy endings. I think that's a good thought for contemplation. Thank you for letting us share in your struggle; wishing you the strength to overcome.

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      Jessee R 

      6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      terrific poetry and wonderful pictures

      In Awe

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      George, I am flattered. Thank you for the encouragement.

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Fennelseed- Thank you, I just wrote what I saw.

      Diana- Thank you for following and visiting.

      Sueswan- Blessings

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      Annie Fenn 

      6 years ago from Australia

      I love this and yearn to be still after reading these words - peace is ours for the taking!!! Beautiful imagery, just adore:

      "The world is upside down.

      Clouds scud like sea billows.

      Jet trail boats in the cloud sea"

      Just lovely, thank you, my votes to you and sharing.

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      Diana Mendes 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful poem tirelesstraveler. Truly enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing. Be blessed.

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      Sueswan 

      6 years ago

      Hi Tirelesstraveler

      There is such a beauty, grace and peace about this poem.

      Sending you my prayers. :)

      Voted up and away

      Voted up and away!

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      geordmc 

      6 years ago from Beliot, Wisconsin

      Very, VERY well written! Keep on with it.

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Welcome rahul0324, Thank you for your kind words and following.

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      Jessee R 

      6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Beautiful poem Tireless! love that profile name... Inspiring and motivating piece...

      Great Write :)

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      molly, I am vacationing in the garden. The squash, bean, and chard are all sewn with sun flowers as a topper. Thanks for your prayers.

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Vallur, Old Cashmere has done some studying on color therapy. Your yellow flowers are mood enhancing. You have brightened my day.

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      TravelAbout- Hi Back

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      Katheryn 

      6 years ago from United States

      tireless

      just stopped by today to say hello and hope that the radiation treatment did not get you down too much. When you feel like it, let us know you are OK!

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      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Tireless, you give such wise and useful advice here. Sometimes you just have to take a vacation from worry, and God is a wonderful companion on such an excursion. May He bless you -- prayers for your recovery!

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      diogenes 

      6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      This a beautiful peep into your life during one of the hard times.

      You have my prayers for a speedy recovery.

      Bob

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      All my prayers are for you - yes you will kick it out. You are brave and strong,God is with you. You will win the war. All the best my friend. Stay well.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. My prayers go out to you. God I know is beside you and He'll give you the strength to go on. God bless.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Beautiful and very energetic, seize the day and enjoy life to the very last drop.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      tirelesstraveler, how beautiful! Yes, let's be still and know that He is God. My prayers are with you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Christina 

      6 years ago from Toronto

      This is a beautiful hub!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      God bless you..Never lose hope. Your faith will take you anywhere..Cheers

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Thanks Olde Cashmere :)

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      Olde Cashmere 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful writing tirelesstraveler. I enjoyed your passion for life shining through. Stay strong. Voted up and beautiful :)

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      TravelAbout- I can always use prayers. Thanks for stopping

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      billybuc- wrote poetry in college a long time ago. This was wonderfully fun.

      Thanks for stopping

    • tirelesstraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Oh dear Pamela, Maybe I shouldn't have put in the last part. The day I took the challenge was wonderful. I was so lost in my thought as I lay on my trampoline I didn't think to take a picture of the jet that looked like a boat. I also took a nap and still slept peacefully all night. I had a CT scan that day and the doctor wasn't hopeful.

      Doctors obviously don't know everything. Radiation wouldn't be possible if the cancer had spread.

      Thanks for stopping :)

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 

      6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      I don't know what to say. This was a very different ending than what I was pleasurably reading. Thank you for sharing this. I will now read your four listed hubs under the heading More Tireless. I will be thinking of you and your words in this hub and your courage.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That was beautiful; so glad I stopped by.

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      Katheryn 

      6 years ago from United States

      tirelesstraveler

      My prayers will be with you tomorrow. Beautiful poem and picture. God Bless!

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