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Waddingham: A valuable lesson of perspective from Princess Lacey

Published: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 11:12 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 11:43 a.m. CDT

The miles of trials we face some weeks are more of an uphill battle than others.

Since Thursday I have stressed over trying to write accurate stories and layout an attractive front page design. I was also preoccupied with trying to catch an elusive mouse that was reeking havoc in my apartment and figuring out a better budget to rebuild my depleted bank accounts.

I let my emotions get the best of me and by Monday night, I was exhausted, upset and hadn’t completed much of my work because I allowed myself to focus on all my problems instead of attacking them individually.

As I stared at my ceiling trying to urge my body to go to sleep, my mind drifted back to a news story I read earlier in the week about a little girl named Lacey Holsworth.

Lacey was an 8-year-old battling neuroblastoma, a fetal-nerve cell cancer. She wore a long, blonde wig and was a huge Michigan State Spartan basketball fan.

She built a friendship with MSU’s star forward Adreian Payne. She called him Superman and he referred to her as Princess Lacey.

Lacey and Payne’s friendship became a source of motivation for the Spartans as they made their run in the March Madness Tournament and Lacey’s situation gained national attention and support.

She joined the team in cutting down the nets to celebrate their Big 10 Conference Tournament championship and traveled to the collegiate slam dunk contest in Dallas to support Payne April 3.

That following Tuesday, April 8, Lacey lost her battle with cancer.

Social media exploded with prayers sent to Lacey’s family, Payne and the MSU basketball team that gave the little princess something to smile about during her final days.

I obviously didn’t know Lacey personally, but I was inspired by her story as I watched MSU in the tournament and I was also heartbroken when I learned of her passing.

I don’t know why her story came to mind as I laid awake stressing about work and money, but the result was a pretty strong paradigm shift.

It is not wrong to want to do your best, but it isn’t worth stressing so much it affects relationships and personal well-being.

“Princess Lacey has taught us all an incredible lesson about love, strength and toughness. We can all learn from her on how to handle adversity with class and dignity,” MSU basketball head coach Tom Izzo said in a statement April 9.

Thank you Lacey for sharing your brave smile with the world and reminding us to find something to enjoy every day no matter what life is challenging us with at the time.

“Don’t look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has yet to come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.” Ida Scott Taylor

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