This Isn’t It

This Isn’t It

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This Isn’t It

I am in a very unique situation and often think about and have to deal with the reality that I might die soon. I have terminal cancer, so naturally I am going to have to face that ...

I am in a very unique situation and often think about and have to deal with the reality that I might die soon. I have terminal cancer, so naturally I am going to have to face that fact. If you are not familiar with my story, you can read it here. However, despite my ordeal, I have been able to maintain a very positive attitude about everything. I don’t know if it is just part of my nature, but there are some things I have concluded that have helped me be happier and handle my trial. I hope that as I explain some of my thought processes that it will help you in your trials.

As the title implies, one of the things that helps me deal with the possibility of death is the phrase, “this isn’t it,” meaning that this passing earthly life is not all we have to look forward too. There is more to our existence than life itself. After death, I have complete faith that I will be meeting my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and they will greet me with love and friendship. And that I will continue to exist and do things.

This idea that “this isn’t it” has recently helped me shape my whole life outlook. It has helped me realize that although I may lose my life to cancer, I do not lose everything I have done and experienced. I can still make an impact to many people’s lives and continue to make an impact after I die. My trial seems exceptionally difficult to many, but applying this outlook that “this isn’t it” has helped me in my trial and it can help you in yours. Death is not the end for me. Nor is your trial the end for you. “This isn’t it!” We can overcome and continue to move forward. Don’t give up, “this isn’t it.”

I am not the only one that has realized that this life is not as fleeting and final as it sometimes feels. This idea has been pondered by many thought leaders that have produced amazing books, movies, and musicals. Now, you need to realize that I am a huge nerd and love to read and watch Broadway shows. So, here are few quotes from some of my favorite franchises and songs that help reinforce the idea that “this isn’t it.”

The Lord of the Rings. The Return of the King.

Pippin – “I didn’t think it would end this way.”

Gandalf – “End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we must all take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.”

Pippin – “What? Gandalf? See what?”

Gandalf – “White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.”

Pippin – “Well, that isn’t so bad.”

Gandalf – “No. No, it isn’t.”

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

Yoda – “Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.”

Les Miserables.

Fantine – “Come with me where chains will never bind you. All your grief, at last, at last behind you. Lord in Heaven look down on him in mercy.”

ValJean – “Forgive me all my trespasses and take me to your glory.”

Fantine -“Take my hand, Ill lead you to salvation. Take my love for love is everlasting.”

ValJean- “And remember the truth that once was spoken. To love another person is to see the face of god.”

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone

Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore – “After all, to the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

The Princess Bride

Wesley – “Death cannot stop true love, all it can do is delay it for a while.”

This last quote really hit home with me. I, of course, have had The Princess Bride memorized as long as I can remember, but not until just recently have I thought to apply this quote to my life. I used to think that I have never had “True Love” before, but I realized there is no truer love than that of your family. My relationship with my family will extend beyond the grave. I will see them all again. This thought has strengthened me more than any other thought.

As I am writing this I have been listening to Broadway music to try and motivate me, and the song, Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, just came on and I am crying on my couch knowing that if I die, my wish that I could be here again with my family will one day come true. This isn’t it, the end of our life on earth isn’t the end of our existence. “Death is but the next great adventure.”

Thank you for reading this blog post, I hope it at least gave someone strength and maybe helped you push through another day. I want you all to know that I am extremely grateful for all of your support whether you were with me from the very beginning of this mess, or just recently heard about me because of this wonderful opportunity I have with the AJU Foundation. I love you all, and you have helped me so much in my life. Please like my foundation on Facebook to to get updates on what my foundation is up to and to be notified of my blog posts.

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Comments ( 14 )

  1. ReplyCousin Megan
    Al! You amaze me. Particularly with the passages you shared from broadway and movies/ books. Thank you for being YOU!
  2. ReplyRyan Webb
    Very inspiring Alec, this will be our FHE lesson tonight. Thank you for your example. We love you!
  3. ReplyTraci Peterson have touched so many lives that you dont even know about. Mine being one of them. Thanks for your insights.
  4. ReplyColleen Webb
    This is a wonderful message. Thanks Alec.
  5. ReplyHobie
    Alec , I am not sure if my message got posted or not so here I go again. You, my young man are a remarkable writer and courageous young man. I know just reading your words has restored my faith in the beauty of God and mankind. The planet seems to thrive on conflict and war, or at least mankind seems to dwell on the pain of others. You Alec, are like a breath of fresh air in your words. You are wiser then your years. I wish you well , and never give up the fight. If you do lose hopefully you can save me a place up there if that is were he sends me. Tell your father hi for me. We grew up as kids in Iowa City together. How I do miss those days , so young and innocent. If you or family need anything and I mean anything. Please Contact Me. Jerry R. Hobart Business Manager & Financial Secretary Local #125 Plumbers & Pipefitter's of Eastern Iowa
  6. ReplyEmily Featherstone
    Amazing Alec. You have always impressed me and this is no exception! Thank you for your faith and courage. And sharing it with others- the world needs this message so badly. Thank you. Love to you and your family- you guys are awesome!!!
  7. ReplyFlints
    Thank you Alec. You are a beacon of light showing the way through the hard things of this life. I love that you share your struggle as well as your joy in the gospel and God's eternal plan of happiness. You are part of an amazing family. We love you and pray for you!
  8. ReplySpencer Saunders
    You're the man Alec. Thanks for your inspirational words despite your difficult circumstances. Our trials are minimal in comparison to yours, but your inspiration and insight helps propel us through every single day. Keep at it.
  9. ReplyKristie Rohmer
    You are such a special person, courageous and awesome to share your story with others.
  10. ReplyHeather
    It was so nice to meet you Alec. You are an amazing young man and your message touched my heart. You definitely inspire me!
  11. ReplyRowdens
    Reading this reminds me of a saying that seems appropriateriate: "here and there, now and then, God places a giant among men." My sense is you are one such in the lives of many... Thanks for writing with such candor and openness, truly a gift for any who read!
  12. Replygrandma .
    Al,you are amazing and an inspiration to all of our family. We love you and pray for you always.Grandma
  13. ReplyTyrell Nihipali
    Hey Alec, Not sure if you remember me, Tyrell Nihipali. I served my mission in your neck of the woods. I could never forget you, you been battling cancer since I was there. I'm glad to know that you are in good spirits. Before I go on I just want to say thank you for the reminder. Your blog reminded me of a similar quote from a general conference talk, I don't remember who said but it went something like this "Our time here on earth is but a little spec compare to the plan that God has for us". Sending your Ohana a warm Love and Aloha. Hope to see you guys soon.?
  14. ReplyLisa
    Alec, you are an inspiration to us all. We love you.

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