Thought

Thanks to a new hematologist and a dear friend, this article is being written.

After months of trying to reduce problems related to being anemic, the hematologist made three suggestions. One was to eat dark chocolate. Since chocolate has never been one of my favorite foods, this friend gave me three bags of Dove Silky Smooth Promise Dark Chocolate and suggested eating it was worth a try. In less than two weeks my hemoglobin was heading in the right direction!

After eating several pieces, my friend and I discovered the red foil wrapper had bits of advice on the interior. I called and learned the company had had a promotion where consumers could submit advice. Only the first name and the state where this person resides appear. If you read slowly, pause, and think about it, you may enjoy these bits of advice, too. Of the 68 being shared, the first is the only contribution from a Hoosier—so far.

“Compliment someone. You’ll feel better than they do.”

“Be the sculpture of your dreams. Smiles are free so share them. Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. Be with people who make you laugh. Don’t stop until you’re proud. Every moment matters including this one. Throw kindness around like confetti. You can do some things, but you can’t do everything. Wherever you are, be all there. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. Don’t look at the clock. In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take. Life happens between an inhale and an exhale! Everything will be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, it’s not the end. After every storm there’s a rainbow no matter how long it takes to appear. Live every day with no regrets because it will be worth it. When life isn’t going right, go left. Dare to cross the line. Don’t talk about it, just be about it. Things have to fall apart for them to fall together. Never trust a man who doesn’t wear a watch because he has nowhere he has to be. Treat others the way you want to be treated. There’s nothing wrong with being different. If you have nothing to say, don’t say anything. Get a good education and keep your skills up to date so that you’ll never have to rely on anyone else to support you. Don’t waste time worrying because I’ve wasted too much of mine worrying. Never forget where you came from. It’s a simple task to make things complex but a complex task to them simple. Just focus on yourself; don’t worry about everyone else. Nothing good ever happens after midnight. Befriend the unusual people because they will make your life interesting. When one door closes, 100 open. Don’t wait for sleep to start dreaming. Dare to cross the line. Be someone you look up to. You are never too old, and it is never too late. TOY—thinking of you.”