The Best Gift I Ever Survived

The Best Gift I Ever Survived

When something awful happens, it can be a tremendous gift.

When Stacey Kramer, founder of the branding company BrandPlay discovered she had a brain tumor called hemangioblastoma, it turned out to be a gift. Not only did she gain a new perspective on spirituality, she developed a healthier lifestyle, increased her vitality, saw friends she hadn’t been in touch with for years, gained serenity, ate countless gourmet meals, and received masses of flowers. Not only that, she got to spend eight weeks doing absolutely nothing, and was given a lifetime supply of good drugs.

“While I’m OK now, I wouldn’t wish this gift for you,” she tells the audience in her thought-provoking talk. “I’m not sure you’d want it. But I wouldn’t change my experience. It profoundly altered my life in ways I didn’t expect.”

So, she advises, “The next time you’re faced with something that’s unexpected, unwanted, and uncertain, consider that it just may be a gift.”

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