Patricia called me today and invited me to read an essay that Patti Digh of 37 Days fame had written about a trip she had taken with her daughter to Washington DC. This article was reprinted in Skirt National and I am providing a direct link to it in (
a few ) well, quite quite a few more lines. When we hung up the phone and I read "Go See the Ninjas" I called Patricia back to thank her. I loved the story.
It reminded me of a lovely outing Gottfried and I took less than two weeks after my surgery. We had been given tickets to a Chris Botti concert in Calgary thanks to our friend Richard who couldn't use them. At the time we hadn't heard of Chris Botti so had no idea of the extraordinary gift we had just been handed.
As the day arrived, however, I was still not feeling great and my incision was hurting so I began a debate with myself whether to go or not. I was concerned that it was going to be too late, I might be uncomfortable and it had probably been a bad idea to accept the tickets. But in the end I went anyway. I had a nagging thought that a change of scene, some live music in a beautiful concert hall might just be a boost to the body/mind/spirit.
And this was oh so true. I was alive, awake, captivated by this amazingly talented yet humble musician and loved every moment of the concert from the time Chris Botti stepped out on the stage. And his band...it was one of the best performances I have ever attended. When we left the theatre that night I felt renewed, joyful, and so happy that I went with Gottfried, even though earlier in the evening I hadn't been in "the mood" to go anywhere. Shows you how "moods" aren't necessarily the best indicator of what to do.
This essay of Patti Digh's that I recommend, says it all so brilliantly that I encourage you to take the time to read it. It is a true story and it contains a true message. If you read it make sure you read the Do It Now Challenge at the end. And then go do it. Go See the Tiny Ninjas
PS Chemo number 3 was received this morning thanks to another wonderful oncology nurse. So far so good!