At the moment I am reading “The Art of Happiness” by HH Dalai Lama & Howard C Cutler.
In the second chapter the authors mentioned a man who was diagnosed HIV positive and I find his statements remarkable.
“I took me almost a year just to come to terms with the fact that I had the virus. But over the past year things have changed. I seem to get more out of each day than I ever did before, and on a moment-to-moment basis, I feel happier than I ever have.”
“...in some ways it has transformed my life in positive ways. … I 've always tended to be a confirmed materialist. But over the past year coming to terms with my mortality has opened up a whole new world. I have started exploring spirituality for the first time in my life, reading a lot of books on the subject and taliking to people... discovering so many things that I have never even thought about before.”
I wonder if there are people here who had similar turning points in their life and want to share it.