Facing cancer, prescriptions for living by Dr. Bernie Siegel.
What could be better than amnesia?
One thing that brings peace of mind.
Book review of Dr. Bernie Siegel one of his many books. If you have Cancer, health difficulties or a caregiver of someone facing these life’s challenges please consider purchasing one of his many books. Always good for the soul
One of Dr. Bernie Siegel stories, In his book Prescriptions for living. Several years ago. I fell off the roof and hit my head on the pavement. When I regained consciousness a beautiful woman was kneeling over me saying, “Honey, are you all right?” I asked her, “why are you calling me honey?” and she said “I’m your wife” and she introduced me to five wonderful children and told me they are ours. After a while she helped me into the house, which was fascinating place filled with pets, plants and interesting paintings. The reason everything appeared so wonderful was that I had amnesia. I couldn’t remember anything that anyone of these dear people had ever done to annoy me. Then after a year of bliss my memory returned and I needed counseling.
Since my fall from the roof I’ve often thought how convenient it would be to be taken away with amnesia each day. We wouldn’t have to worry about forgiving anyone for anything because we would have no idea what anyone had done.
But there are certain drawbacks to having amnesia. For instance, you don’t remember the loving things people have done or the joy you’ve experience with the people you love. Fortunately, amnesia is not the only way to achieve peace of mind. The counselor I began seeing when my memory returned told me there’s something else that has all the benefits of amnesia and none of its limitations. See if you know what it is.
It is kind, and never envious. It is never boastful, or conceited, or rude; not quick to take offense. It keeps no score of wrongs and does not gloat over other peoples sins, but delights in the truth. There is nothing it cannot face. There is no limit to its faith, its hope and its endurance. It will never come to an end. It is greater than and faith and hope. If you do not have it you are nothing. no matter what else you may know or have or do or have.
You may recognize this wonderful thing and the description I am paraphrasing from 1 Corinthians 13 4 – 7 . I want to thank my counselor for pointing it out and St. Paul, the author of the letter to the Corinthians, for his description of the one thing that is better than amnesia or for bringing peace and joy into your life. St. Paul is right. If you have loved you have everything. Without love you have nothing.
I know two ways to achieve peace of mind. But I’m not going to tell you to give yourself a knock on the head to induce amnesia. The side effects of that prescription are too dangerous. Instead, read 1 Corinthians 13 for a detailed description of the only thing that can bring peace of mind without side effects. You may have read this description of love before. Perhaps you heard it at a wedding. Unless you have read in the past week, get a Bible and read it again today and don’t wait for a knock on the head to wake you up.
1 Corinthians 13: 4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self seeking, is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves.
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