Hey there friends and readers. I do hope this post finds you pain free or at least tolerable. If you’re not up to par I wish you quick relief.
I tell you (well I probably don’t need to tell you) that being positive is something that has to be worked on in the challenging times of illness. I know sometimes I am no Miss Sally Sunshine either and have my “moments” but I do recognize that if I just find ONE thing that makes me smile it changes my attitude. I just need to find that little something and today it was my baby boy ferrets Simon and Smokie. Here they are.
Normally my husband gets up in the morning and feeds all the critters: we have 4 cats, 1 dog, 2 ferrets and fish. This morning Rick had an early doctor’s appointment and he was able to get the cats and dog taken care of but not Simon and Smokie so I went in and boy were they happy to see me. So I slowwwwwwly lowered myself to the floor (ya you know how hard that is for us to do let alone get up) and they had me laughing my fool head off even while I was battling some heavy vertigo. Their jumping, running and “attacking” me just put me in the right frame of mind regardless of how I feel.
We just have to hold on. The heavens know I have my days and pity party for one just as often as the rest of you but if we just need to find some Joy in everyday. No matter how small it is. Sometimes when I go to the grocery store (and I hate going there) I treat myself to a Starbucks and head for the floral department and stand there and smell the flowers. The lady at Safeway who works in the floral department is used to my walk by sniffing sessions lol….
How is your day going? Good, Bad or Indifferent….you can chat with me about it, I get it and I can be a great sounding board.
As one who deals with primary Fibromyalgia, CFS, Sjgroens Syndrome and a slew of other co-morbidities that come along with being ill it’s often very easy to fall into a pity party for one. Been there done it and probably will do it again at some point. I like to think about what I can find positive or humor through this mess in the land of my Chronic Kingdom. This can make it hard to see the beauty in each day. It’s there we just have to look past the pain and fatigue.
My past three days I’ve been in the realm of fatiguehood (like my new word?) You know those days right? Where lifting your head up seems like a major effort or trying to make your limbs work but they are lead weights? You just kind of sit or lie there staring off into space because even thinking takes to much energy. Sound familiar?
My husband and I had to leave the house yesterday while I was feeling so bleh, heck climbing into my car took all I had. If it wasn’t a doctor appointment I had to go to I never would have left the house. As we were driving I was looking around in a daze and saw something that opened my eyes and lifted my spirits. It was a guy on the corner with his dog waiting for the light to change and he was loving on him and the dog was just so happy, tail wagging and looking up at his human with so much love you could fee itl. That brought the first genuine smile to my face that day.
I guess what I am trying to say no matter how bad your day is find a way to see the beauty in each day even if just one thing!
I woke up alive
My husband woke up alive
My morning coffee in my chair and all my loving little animal creatures all come say good morning to me every morning
As your day progresses and if you are bed bound find a show or a movie you know will life your spirits, I love comedy’s because laughing always makes me feel a bit better. Maybe this sounds lame but if anything has taught me to slow down and enjoy what is really around me then my illness in some ways has been a good reminder in my life of what not to take for granted.
Tell me what is one thing today you saw that was beautiful or something that made you smile. I’d love to hear from you. Reach deep down past the black murkiness that dwells inside and tell me something you are grateful for, or makes you happy.
I find in my roughest moments I seek out to help others. It seems to give me a better perspective of what I am going through by helping another person get through their difficult and challenging day. Often when you are isolating yourself from people around you connecting with like minded people who truly know what you are dealing with is an important factor on being able to go on. Today is one of those days for me.
Reach out to others, hear them out, share your story over a cup of coffee even if it’s here on this blog or you can come join us on facebook at Chronic Gal’s page. I may not have a lot of energy today but I always have time to help another CI gal or guy. Together we can fight this and not feel alone.
Courage doesn’t always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day saying,
“I will try again tomorrow.”.✻´´¯`✻.¸¸.
– Mary Anne Radmacher —
I really love this saying about courage. It always reminds me that tomorrow is a new day that dawns upon us. Giving us new hope and to hold our heads up and find the courage to keep on going. Whether it whispers to you or roars in your ears just keep trying!