Cancer of the mind??

January, 2014

“The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the Sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching Sun.”

I read these lines against a beautiful backdrop in a cancer hospital recently. It is so very true. You can be a ‘victim’ of cancer or a ‘victor’ of cancer – it is all in the mind, the attitude and approach. Mind power is most important to overcome any crisis in life, however big or small.

4th February is observed as World Cancer Day. There will be events, debates, marathons, donations and celebrations in many, many ways to commemorate the struggles of cancer patients, break-throughs made in the medical field etc. This is as far as the ailment that affects us physically. What about the cancer of the mind ? If left unchecked and uncontrolled, a single cell, a single negative thought of anger, arrogance, frustration, jealousy, revenge, prejudice etc. can spread wildly like a cancerous cell and completely devastate a person. This causes harm not only to the person but also to the organization he works for and the society he lives in. Can we pledge to overcome these negative forces and lead a ‘cancer-free’ life ? Again, it is all in the mind !

As we celebrate the 65th Republic Day, it is all the more necessary that we strive towards a ‘cancer-free’ society – both of the body and the mind.

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