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A Single Stock of Wheat

Today I had the privilege to attend a speaker's series lecture by Hermann Gruenwald. His story is published  in a book entitled "After Auschwitz". He is a Hungarian Jew who was taken along with his entire family to the Auschwiz concentration camp during the Second World War. His childhood was rich and carefree, and his father made a good living as the owner of several pieces of property. On their land they grew wheat. Hermann would go to one particular field to inspect once it had been cut. There was always one stock of wheat.....that one blade....that always seemed to survive the cuts. It stood tall, strong and alone.

While Hermann was in Auschwitz he often thought about that stock of wheat. It became a symbol for him, and it led him to truly believe that he would survive.

And he did.

The message he passes on to anyone who will listen to his fascinating story is, whatever your predicament, you have to believe. He believed he would survive horrible conditions. Because of his faith, he was able to meet people over the time he was interned there that would help him. He seized any and every opportunity he had to better his situation. His positive attitude and steadfast confidence in himself made a big difference in the outcome of his life.

For a cancer patient, it's the same thing. I sat listening to Hermann, and his words could have come out of the mouth of a cancer survivor. The diagnosis is always difficult, but the road taken to recovery can be quite different. Life is always full of choices. You can be confident and believe you will survive, or not.

You can be a positive person who thinks of the best case scenario, or you can be a pessimist who blames eveyone and anyone for your predicament.

You CAN defy the odds. You CAN be that single, strong, stalk of wheat. If you look on the bright side, and know, deep down in your heart........and without a doubt.



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