I had an unexpected turn of events last week.

I developed severe abdominal pain and at 3am called a cab to take me to the emergency. This would be the third time I was making the trip. I was frustrated and in disbelief that this was my reality once again especially after receiving the all clear 2 weeks prior.

I thought I was out of the woods but it was clear that this wasn’t the case and something was amiss. I wasn’t allowed to eat or drink for 5 days and had to put up with a gastric tube and drips once again. Thankfully I managed to escape a procedure and the bowel obstruction cleared on its own.

I’m doing very well this week and rebuilding my strength.

Life certainly has its fair share of twists and turns and what is clear to me is that we just don’t know what’s around the corner. We may think that we have our lives under control but in fact we have very little control.

We have control over our lifestyle, diet and exercise but not over sudden illness or pain?

We have control over our finances but not over global economic meltdowns.

We have control over our attitudes but not over the mindset of others.

We have control over our decisions but not over the thoughts of those affected by them.

We have control over our actions but not over the behaviour of others.

We have control over protecting ourselves and loved ones from harm but have no control over unforeseen events.

Life can change in an instant. I have experienced this first hand many times throughout this journey and learned a great deal from these events.

They have taught me how important it is to love life and gain perspective of what really matters. They have taught me that I don’t have life all under control. They have taught me that each day brings numerous blessings if I choose to look for them. They have taught me to let go of the small stuff that drains my energy. They have taught me not to be fearful of anything or anyone.

And perhaps most important of all they have taught me to make the most of each day because we never know what tomorrow may bring!

Everyday that we are healthy, happy and peaceful is a day to be cherished.