We've all heard it.
"Go to the mess hall."
"Clean up your mess!"
"MESSage me when you can."
In this case, it's a bit different.
Robin Roberts made her return to Good Morning America (GMA) this week. Congratulations Robin! Amidst her battle with breast cancer and now most recently with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), she's back in action. Whether you watch GMA or not, I think it's worth a minute to reflect on this story.
Her mother, Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts, died on August 30, 2012, as Robin was about to undergo treatment for MDS. Among the endless things a parent says to their child, her mother said one simple thing to her daughter before she dies.
"MAKE YOUR MESS YOUR MESSAGE"
Wow. What a simple yet powerful comment. You may be sick. You may be down. You may feel like nothing is right in your world. But there is someone or someones that can benefit from your story. Don't ever forget that. Ever. It's not cancer or disease that will define Robin. It is her spirit, perseverance and attitude. We all see the positive light shining through.
Everyone matters. And so does their story.
Thank you Robin Roberts for your mess.
It's a message I won't forget.