A Walk of Joy

When life throws you a curveball, how can you change your perspective?


Life Reimagined is an online approach and community, dedicated to helping people rediscover their purpose and set and achieve goals with personalized tools and expert guidance. In this video, Edie Sundby shares her touching personal story and how changing her environment had a profound impact on her life. A cancer survivor, Edie talks about the value of perspective, possibilities and joy.

What takeaways can you learn from Edie's story? Have you considered how your environment affects your perspective or attitude? When life throws you a curveball, can you see a brighter side?

As leaders, team members, parents -- curveballs come with the territory. Whether the loss of a job, the stress of balancing work and family, or dealing with challenges to meet customers' demands, it's important to alter our perspectives to achieve goals.

The insights that Edie shares echoes a valuable leadership principle: regardless of your situation, your attitude is critical to your success. Discover how you can grow when you have a different perspective regarding the challenges you face.

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Edie: I was treated for cancer continuously for 5.5 years. I was filled with cancer, not just a little, but a lot, and the prognosis was very serious, very aggressive, very fast, and very terminal. Gallbladder cancer is quite rare, and at two years there's less than 2% of people alive after two years. So I knew what I was up against kind of, kind of. You never really know what you're up against. But I know how lucky I am.

With chronic disease, your life becomes an illness narrative, and I don't want my life to be defined by my illness. From the very beginning, fighting this disease has not been about avoiding death as much as it has been about living life.

Edie: Oh my gosh.

Woman: Welcome.

Edie: Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Man: How nice that we've heard all about you and finally get to meet you. How nice.

Edie: Well, I've heard about you guys from Ron Briery.

Man; Oh, well that's good.

Edie: This walk is a defining point of my life. It's a transition point -- move beyond disease. Move on with life. I hope this walk is how I'm remembered. It's such a blessing to be able to do this.

When I set out from San Diego, I had no idea if I would be able to even complete the 10 mile walk that first day. It is so truly joyful that my body is allowing me to do this.

Every morning I wake up and I'm excited about the day's walk. And at the end of the day I'm exhausted, but I'm also exhilarated. What you see out there is amazing, and how you feel out there is amazing. It is so beautiful, and you feel joy. This is a walk of joy.

In reflecting on my life and my journey, it's like I've always been blessed to live a life of possibility, a life of what ifs. It's a life of unknowns. It's a life of mystery. It's a life of adventure, a life of freedom. I always felt from the very earliest age that if I wanted, if the passion was there, that the opportunity would present itself. The possibilities were endless.

To think that my body can actually walk 750 miles is a bit absurd. It's a bit ridiculous. But that's what a life of possibilities is, a bit absurd, a bit ridiculous. But isn't that what makes life fun is the absurd and the ridiculous? For me it is.

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