In July 2014, English writer Jenny Diski was told she had inoperable lung cancer. At best she had another three years to live. How she responded to this news reflects the way in which she lives her life.
How would you face this news?
What would you change and what would remain the same?
Diski decided to write about her experience with cancer, knowing full well that it will end in her death. In a New York Times interview she was asked about her decision to write, when many others in a similar situation may have fallen into depression or ticked off their bucket list. Her response was “because I’m a writer, I could either shut up, that’s the end, get on with dying. Or, get gripped, which is what happened.”
Diski is determined to be a writer to the end. What is fascinating about her story is in the face of death her choice is to do what she was already doing with her life. This is not to say that she does not have fears or pain, but she had already found her purpose in life and was pursuing it. The news of cancer did not change this.
Have you asked yourself the question of why you are here? What gifts, talents, experiences and passions has God placed in you? What is the call on your life? It may not be to write, or sing, or create or doing any of the things which we so often attribute to greatness. It might be to invest in the life of others, to be a voice of encouragement, to live generously, or to love unconditionally. If you received the news which Diski received in July 2014, would you change a thing?