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Ten Lessons The Year 2020 Is Desperately Trying To Teach Us

Source | | Mike Maddock

“Your wife has a mass in her brain. We need to figure out whether the cancer originated there or started somewhere else.”

This statement, from an emergency room doctor at 9:30 p.m. on November 19, 2020, was the first time I have ever heard the word cancer associated with a member of my immediate family. In shock, I muttered an awkward joke about the doctor’s lack of foreplay and tried to wrap my head around the moment.

Then I called my friend Dr. Ari Levy, sobbed uncontrollably, and asked for help.

“Life is school and problems are curriculum.” —Rick Warren

There are specific moments when your worst fears become a reality. For many of us, these moments were happening in rapid succession in 2020. It is in these moments that life offers us courageous pathways and unimaginable possibilities.

Prior to the ER visit when people asked how I was doing, I would smile and answer: “Living the dream.” This was my way of reminding myself that every single one of my 2020 issues—and there were many—was a first-world problem.

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