I have been staying busy with planning and thinking (insane how much energy that takes) and I have continued to be amazed at how fast time goes by! It seems like it was just yesterday that it was New Year Day and now we are already to Easter. Ohh to go back to when I was a child and it felt like the year dragged on! 🙂 Oh well, I guess I should embrace adulthood and time flying fast….I can never say life is dull!
I have been having a blast putting into women and starting to formulate what I hope to see come to pass in my life. I am finding that I want to be of service to people, to use my knowledge for good to all and not just a small group. We (those of us with invisible illnesses) have a a lot to balance, the most important thing I am telling myself is to think POSITIVE. Does that mean it will take the pain and fatigue away…likely not but maybe it will help! Either way positive thinking sets you up for the expectation of success…and through that expectation of success you develop anticipation and joy. And that anticipation and joy helps reduce some of the stress and anxiety that causes me to flare. It is the small thing, and yes thinking positive is a “small thing” but it is a POWERFUL thing. I am learning that pondering/worrying etc. over the things I cannot change is just a waste of my precious spoons…why? Because my worry does not CHANGE anything! Why waste my spoons on something I CANNOT CHANGE! YES! I know our spoons are soo precious lets use those for good.
I have also learned the blessing of a gratitude journal! This does tie into the positive thinking! I mentioned this gratitude journal has been an incredible addition. Finding 5 things to be grateful for changes your mentality and helps you look for the good, because honestly if you don’t then the bad is easy to find.
The small things I am learning are going to make big changes in the life of the this woman’s “fantastic five (5)” — Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Sjogrens, and CFS. This journey isn’t fun, it isn’t easy, but you know what it is doable and by golly I will find a way to make it a positive life 🙂