Beautiful, Strong, & Important

Our great friend Ben sent us the posted photo of the cross and anchors. Upon receiving it, Celeste and Ben exchanged these texts:

Celeste: They are beautiful. They look strong and important.

Ben: Just like you.


This is the first official week of treatment for Celeste’s pancreatic cancer, although I like to think we started fighting at least a month ago. With the diagnosis and onset of treatment we have experienced an incredible outpouring of support from family, friends, acquaintances, and even strangers. I want to share two of those stories from late Tuesday (8/8/17) and tie them into some general thoughts on life.

The first is written above. Our great friend Ben sent us the photo above, and Celeste and Ben exchanged those texts.

The second was a comment from our great friend Carrie, who accompanied us to Celeste’s first chemotherapy treatment.

As we were driving home, Carrie said, “Thank you for including me tonight. I hope this doesn’t sound weird, but I enjoyed it. I consider it a great honor.”

It’s not weird it all. I feel exactly the same way, and I’m glad I do.

Think about the sentiment explained in those two anecdotes. Think about the possible power it holds for those who understand.

“You are beautiful, strong, and important. It’s an honor to serve you. Thank you for letting me do so.”

How awesome would it be to tell that to our teammates, those special family and friends that mean so much to us?

“You are beautiful, strong, and important. It’s an honor to serve you. Thank you for letting me do so.”

Can you imagine expanding your definition of teammate to strangers in your community, or possibly even a stranger who has very little in common with you other than the fact that we all inhabit this earth as humans today? Could you say it? What might it mean to you? What might they do with the understanding of how you feel?

“You are beautiful, strong, and important. It’s an honor to serve you. Thank you for letting me do so.”

Please consider this my word to you, and you can book it as my bond. I don’t care what you’ve done in the past or what mistakes you are going to make.

“You are beautiful, strong, and important. It’s an honor to serve you. Thank you for letting me do so.”

So, my friends, if I can serve you, let me know how. Tweet it (@woodjared and @1sideline). Facebook message me. Text. Call. Write in the comments below.

If you don’t need anything, how about you do something for someone else? Do something for a friend, family member, coworker, teammate. Do something for a friend of a friend. Do something for a stranger. Make a play. Do what you can.

Let’s do this people. Let’s move mountains. Let’s build a team. Get your butt in action. If you want to be humble and quiet, that’s fine. But if you’ve got something to say or do, I’d love to see you light up social media today with #woodswarriors. After all, you are beautiful, strong, and important. Let your light shine.

9 thoughts on “Beautiful, Strong, & Important

  1. What a wonderful “lesson” to wake up to. If we all followed your mantra…what a world this would be. I’ve known you for a long time…and though I don’t know Celeste I’m sure she is a wonderful, strong and amazing lady, I will be saying prayers for strength for all of you. I think it is an honor that you are sharing your family story with us, thank you for letting us be a part of it and reminding us that everyone is beautiful, strong and important in this world. Such a positive attitude and outlook will carry you all far on this journey. It takes a village…kindness is such a strong motivator….pay it forward everyday.

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  2. Praying for Celeste and your family. Your words are fantastic. Myself a cancer survivor for various since 2006. Currently on a monthly chemo shot to keep the latest in remission. Know of your new journey through my close relationship with the Shroyers. Keep the FAITH and know you are in my daily prayers!! God bless, Grandma Nukie

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  3. Jared, I’m one of the strangers you reference above who is praying for Celeste and your family. I am Jessica Cameron’s aunt and a cancer survivor myself. I pray with a very large group of people every morning at 9:30am and I include you all in those daily prayers. I love the strength and positive attitude you display in your writing. I can only imagine how much this helps Celeste. I hope you feel the hug I’m sending to you all.

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  4. Jared your words have inspired me.
    My goal is to ” Pay it forward “at least twice a week on honor of the Wood Family.
    Wanted to share this so others can try and find time to do same.
    Praying for healing and strength for all of you.

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  5. What a beautiful team you continue to build …. you have many players who are all ‘in’!

    Sending continual prayers for Celeste & all her family. I taught with Celeste’s mother Sharon & have admired her spirit & grit.

    I have another dear friend who’s daughter is fighting a health battle … I find your spirit in praying for her so helpful. Another Clarkston Warrior.
    I Include Michelle Wyniemko in our prayers. Celeste will know that family.

    Meanwhile … feeling strong & important in helping others. Plays are being planned! 👍🏽

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