Photo: Here I am on Fresno Dome in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Photo left: Overlooking Paria Canyon in Utah.
Photo below right: Deep in the Yellowstone backcountry.
Photo: At a Sierra Nevada waterfall.
Photo: I'm fortunate to live near some hills and valleys for some of my favorite walking routes that begin right from my house.
Photo: Shortly after reaching Mile 1000. My usual walking pace is 3.4 mph.
Walking may be out of the question for you. I only tell my story to share how satisfying it was to set a challenging goal and achieve it. As I have posted before, diet and exercise are key things you can do to get involved in your fight against cancer. You owe it to yourself to strengthen what remains and keep using what still works. Can you lift a weight while sitting or lying down? Can you take deep breaths and do isotonic muscle exercises? Can you use your mind to write, compose music or carry on a ministry such as calling others regularly to pray for them? Before my older sister died of cancer, she and her husband continued their habit of calling friends to wish them a happy birthday, even as she and her husband were both declining physically. It required keeping a list of birth dates and phone numbers for dozens of people, and making the effort to call them and cheer them up on their special day. In addition, she and her husband would regularly pray for others and take gifts to them when then were suffering. It’s no wonder that 300 people showed up at her funeral, so touched by her thoughtfulness!
The best New Year resolution is to serve God and others. Sometimes this entails taking care of your own health as best you can. This is the time of year to set a goal and make plans to achieve it. Go for it!