Something else I did this week was to watch Charlie Sheen's roast on television. I believe that life’s lessons can be found as easily in the gutter as on the windswept mountaintops or the self-help section of a bookstore. Those who do not believe this miss out on quite a few opportunities to learn a few things. So whatever you may think of Charlie and his recent troubles, I think his summer holds a lesson for us all. Successful people – and we cannot deny his success just because we disagree with how he celebrated that success – tend to do successful things. At the apparent end of his crazy train ride he moved forward, not backwards. He laughed at himself, learned from the experience and moved on. He did not execute a reversal or a return to some previous self, but moved forward. This seems to be evident in a newfound appreciation for what is good in his life, a renewed love for those who love him. He appears to be turning a potentially lethal episode into a chance to improve himself. In his own words, "I'm done with 'winning' because I've already won."
Still, we always need to keep our eyes on the prize as we pass such milestones. For me that prize is having the three best letters is the alphabet – NED – entered in my medical records. NED, or ‘no evidence of disease’, is the closest you can get to being declared cured of cancer. That goal feels more real than ever now, and I swear I can almost see it if I look hard enough. I move towards it now with increased determination, with a little more energy in my steps, because I've already beaten the initial odds against me. What else can I do?
So time for a score update: William 1, cancer 0.