I have to admit I am a great fan of Lance Armstrong. Admittedly, he cheated and refused to admit it for many years. This is no way, however, should overshadow the great things he did and the countless lives that he saved.
Looking back on his cancer diagnosis and impending brain surgery, he wrote about how his thoughts and beliefs affected his reality and helped him to survive. He realized that nothing can cure the briefness of this life and there is no remedy for our basic mortality so he chose to “Livestrong“.
He wrote that “I believed in belief, for its own shining sake. To believe in the face of utter hopelessness, every article of evidence to the contrary, to ignore apparent catastrophe, what other choice was there?” We do this every day. We are so much stronger than we imagine, and belief is one of the most valued and long-lived human characteristics.
He created the Livestrong foundation to inspire and empower people affected by cancer. It offers diet and nutrition and fitness tips for a healthier lifestyle. More than that, it encourage people to believe in themselves. Believe in the goodness of the world and whatever you choose to believe in. With what we’ve endured with our protracted pandemic and the contentious election, this advice can help put it all into perspective.