A great many of things happen in May. The blossoming of trees and plants in the Northern Hemisphere signals the much awaited onset of spring. Even the popular rhyme, “April showers bring May flowers” gains new life as we hear and consciously repeat it with the faith that April rains mean life and color to our settings in May. This rhyme originates from a short poem written in 1557 by Thomas Tusser:
Sweet April Showers
Do spring May Flowers
The poem serves as a reminder that even unpleasant (if you can consider rain unpleasant) things can bring about impressive and awe-inspiring results. But this year, in many parts of the country, rain has extended into May and many people have been faced with unexpected troubles—from uncommon inconveniences to abrupt tragedies that leave us dismayed and disheartened. Yet, in other parts of the U.S. there was no April rain but instead extended drought. The results of both of these events cause stress and sometimes tragedy.
We all know overreacting in a stressful situation obscures our perception and affects our decision making in a negative way. Health complications can quickly become complex and frightening. We hope that we would react adeptly in the advent of a stressful health complication, yet marvel at and admire those who maintain their composure under such stress. An example of this coveted fortitude is exemplified in the will and life of Lauren Hill, a 19 year old young lady who passed away early April due to health complications. Lauren was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer at the age of 18. Despite the inoperable cancer, her radiation therapy, chemo treatment and her pain, Lauren entered Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio and accomplished a dream of hers by playing in a college basketball game in front of 10,000 fans. Her bravery and resolve touched enough hearts to raise $1 million for research. We can all learn from Lauren’s resolve to face the unexpected.