Munira Premji

Sometimes, when I think about my life with cancer, I worry. I worry about whether I will make it.  I worry about my family. I worry about the future.  I know that everything has to align perfectly — the chemo treatment, the stem cell procedure, and everything in between — for me to be cancer-free.  I think about the odds.

And then, as we were driving to Fort De Soto Beach, one of the Top 10 Beaches in the U.S., I saw a bus that had the following bumper sticker: “Relax, God’s in Charge!”. I laughed hard when I read this; it was almost as if God was sending me a personal message: Quit worrying!

One of my favorite authors, Stephen Covey, in his book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, talks about the “Circle of Influence” versus the “Circle of Concern”. His message was that effective people focus their energy on things they can influence which enables them to be proactive, solution-driven and purposeful.  Ineffective people tend to waste their time concerned about things they have no control over and, therefore, cannot do anything about.

As human beings, I think we all crave a certain amount of control over our destiny.  When life throws you a curve ball – or two – sometimes it can feel like things are going out of control at a dizzying pace.  And yet, in the midst of all the uncertainty, I am finding that that there are a lot of things I have influence over.  I can choose how I will react and respond to the cancer and the treatments.  I can be thankful that the Lymphoma is in remission.  I can be  optimistic about the upcoming treatment for the Multiple Myeloma.  I can visualize the good cells fighting and getting rid of the bad cancer cells.

The way I see it is that we are in a partnership with God.  We cannot sit back and let him do all the work.  We have to do our part and trust that God knows what is best for us.  It’s only human to worry.  But it’s also a liberating feeling to know that God is the architect,  the master planner, the director and the producer.  So relax, God’s in Charge!


  • Anonymous , August 15, 2012

    it is good to be concerned and take action rather than worrying, worrying is natural(nothing wrong) , as humans, we tend to worry, so thats normal, it does indicate our brains are working or else we would not even be able to identify if we have sickness, but the key thing is not to let these worries overtake your routine and the daily functioning .excess worrying can lead to many mental health issues which is more detrimental to one’s health later on ….. “take care of yourselves and god will help, he has given us the intellect!!!!!!!(Ha) do Imake sense ?

    • Premji Family , August 15, 2012

      I could not agree more! We can do what is within our control but mot worry ourselves senseless over things we can’t control. And we can’t forget God in the process! Munira

  • Anonymous , August 14, 2012

    Saira Nasirdin!

    You look lovely as usual! I always learn a lesson or two whenever I visit your blog! you sincerely inspire me so much. We tend to worry about every little thing and forget that no matter what or how much we think, we have another planner who plans our lives!

    • Premji Family , August 15, 2012

      Thank you for your wonderful note Saira! You’re right. I think we worry to much… Munira

  • Zahra Nensi , August 14, 2012

    Absolutely! The sign at the back of the bus – you are in Allignment with the law of attraction! Ask, Imagine and receive!!!

    • Premji Family , August 15, 2012

      You’re so right. It is all about the law of attraction and attracting what we want in our lives. Thanks for the insight Zahra! Munira

  • Rashida Kanji , August 14, 2012

    Yes God is in charge so just sit back & RELAX!. It was lovely seeing you in khane. Take care.

    Warm hugs


    • Premji Family , August 15, 2012

      Wonderful to see you as well! Munira

  • Saira , August 14, 2012

    Inspiring, as usual. You looked gorgeous in jk yesterday in your royal blue dress. Keep that chin up and thanks for the reminder. Most of us think that we are in charge ( or the men in our life, as the case may be), and maybe that’s why we fail. With this attitude we’re bound to succeed. Relax, God’s in Charge.

    • Premji Family , August 15, 2012

      Saira. I was pretty surprised I got into that blue dress! We do tend to relinquish control of our lives to others, don’t we? Ia, always so happy to see you! Munira

  • vicki cotter , August 14, 2012

    You inspire me.



    • Premji Family , August 15, 2012

      And you inspire me Vicki.. Munira

  • G Harjee , August 14, 2012

    Voila!! Gulshy

    Sent from my iPhone

    On Aug 13, 2012,

    • Premji Family , August 15, 2012

      Hello Gulshy! Munira

  • Anonymous , August 14, 2012

    Love this 🙂

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