Ginger Johnson

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Ginger Johnson

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

It's been said that "people are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."

As a two-time stage 4 metastatic cancer survivor, I can tell you what darkness looks like, but honestly, so can all who endure serious hardship. The true test of anyone going through challenges is not how the situation may look - but how we choose to look at the situation.

Victor Frankl once said, ''What is to give light must endure burning.' Think about that. Do we look at the opposition we face in life as fuel to build our inner fire or do we see it as a personal hell meant to singe our very souls?

Just as silver and gold must face the refiners fire to reveal its true worth, so must each one of us go through a process of refinement if we are to truly shine.

"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern." (Elisabeth Kübler-Ross)

My life experiences have taught me that gaining a deep perspective of how each situation can be a blessing instead of a curse is more important than staying positive 24/7, and that true character is developed as we seek to honor the real desires of our hearts despite the hardships we face.

So the next time the fire of opposition starts to grow in your life, you'll get to make a choice. Will you choose to get upset as the heat rises or will you grab a bag of marshmallows and utilize the flames?

My choice? Let it burn... and pass the chocolate.

For details about having me speak at your next function, please email Ginger (at) HappyChemo.com.

  • Work
    • Publisher
    • Utah Cancer Connections Magazine
    • GetScreenedUtah.com
  • Education
    • Weber State University