A Rhino at Sunrise
Every morning, I wait in anticipation for the sun. At sunrise, I rise. On some days, like most people, I have a difficult time to rise or even wake up. The trials and struggles of my chemotherapy treatments and cancer tumors make it even more hard. However, I have a simple routine that I practice. It’s based on the “Crawl, Walk, Run” approach shared by a dear mentor of mine from The Office.
The routine goes like this. I crawl to the edge of my bed and lift myself up to a sitting position. I pause then I rise to a standing position. I walk to the bathroom and on chemotherapy weeks I head straight to the toilet and wait to get sick. After that ordeal, I walk to my bathroom mirror and try to smile. If I can’t smile, I walk back to the bedroom and sit in my red chair. Please note, I never crawl back in bed. I always sit back in my red chair and wait for the sun to rise. After sitting for anywhere from one to three hours, I rise again and get the strength to head back to my bathroom mirror and try to smile. Once I am smiling, I get into the shower, change into my suit, and run out my bedroom door to bring goodness to others that day.
I have to be truthful there are some days that I don’t make it out of my red chair. I just call in sick and stay home all day. Fortunately, there are more days that I run out my bedroom door than sit in my red chair all day. The sunrise is the sign of a new day that is a blessing for all of us. Each morning, I recognize someone did not wake up that day. When the sun rises, I rise to crawl, walk, and run through my bedroom door to meet the day. My morning routine was inspired by artwork I found that pictured a rhino at sunrise. I imagined that once the sun is up in the sky, the rhino looks up at the sunrise and charges to meet its day. Like a rhino at sunrise, I look up at the sunrise, smile for a new day, and keep moving like the charging rhino.
Every new day is a blessing, I am grateful for each morning that I can wake up and see the sunrise. Gentle reminder – tomorrow is only a promise. It is not guaranteed.
Ben Dichoso Jr.
“A Rhino at Sunrise”
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14 thoughts on “A Rhino at Sunrise”
Such a beautiful message. There is so much truth in “Every morning is a blessing”. You are strong! You are an inspiration!
Thank you for the comment, Shamin 🙏 …. I hope to bring more inspiration to you and other family and friends. 😇God Bless, Ben
Keep smiling my friend.
Thank you, Ray🙏
Moving you to the top in petition prayers this week. For healing. For comfort. For real peace. We know that God uses the weak, the humble and the poor in spirit. How? As a charging rhino, my hope is that your influence and inspiration be entirely dedicated to pointing others to Him who saves. Go git ‘em Ben!
Thank you, Mike 🙏 … Yes – He is my strength and guides my life purpose. 😇 … God Bless, Ben
Ben Jr., you are in our prayers every night that God would heal you in the name of His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit for His glory and honor. You are not alone in your struggle.
Thank you, Tito Rodel. 🙏
Joshua : 1 : 9 – Behold, I am instructing you. Be strengthened, and be steadfast. Do not dread, and do not fear. For the Lord your God is with you in all things, wherever you may go.’
Thank you, Tita Charito. 🙏
Beautiful reflectin Ben! 👍🏽 Still got it! 😊 Love and prayers brother! ❤️🙏🏽 – Kuya F
Thank you, Kuya Fredy … Your prayers mean lot … Yes – thank you also for the encouragement. God has made time for me to live my truth passion that is storytelling. My hopes are my personal stories will inspire, motivate, and help others to see God in their daily journey … Take care & God Bless, Ben
Ben, you have been in my prayers since we last spoke. Very encouraging piece my brother. Keep Psalms 91 close!
Thank you so, Anthony … You have always been good counsel, especially during my time at The Center … “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.” … Take Care, my friend. God Bless, Ben
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