One of our newest additions to the family is a rescued mixed boxer, German shepherd, hound mix. He is the absolute naughtiest dog we have ever brought into our family, yet we still adore him, I mean, we all have our faults.
Recently while I was away, someone let him out of his crate and he climbed onto the dining room table and brought down a fountain pen and went to town. After he drained it of all its glory, he proceeded to walk around the house and explore to see what else he could get into……..my room, the bathroom, kitchen, family room, entryway. You are probably wondering how I knew where he had explored, well, his footprints showed me his path. The mess he made of the ink not only pooled onto the carpet where he initially devoured it, but all over his paws and he went on a journey around the house leaving his adorable calling card with every step.
I have to be honest, I just wanted to cry. Living with chronic illnesses makes normal cleaning difficult, but the thought of having to get down on my hands and knees for days on end was overwhelming. But, I reminded my self that even though it was a huge mess, it didn’t have to be cleaned up in one day, some messes are just too big to be resolved quickly.
So you are probably wondering why in the world I am sharing a story about my dog leaving ink footprints all over my house, well, it is because it’s life. We all end up with a huge black ink spot in our lives at times, our health, finances, relationships and even if the mess was created in minutes, it can take a lot more time to clean it up, remove the mess that was made, and restore it back to it’s original state, if that is even possible. We need to encourage ourselves to see that no mess is too big, it just takes time. It takes hard work, dedication to see it through the process, and to be kind to ourselves while we are taking care of it. And, the messes that are of no fault of our own take a lot more fortitude to see through to the end.
Almost every single person who is diagnosed with a chronic illness is forced to give up something. And if we are to be deeply honest, it is usually a bucket filled with somethings. It sucks, there is no other way around it. But, this doesn’t mean that our lives are not worth just as much as they were before, things are just different.
Sometimes we are forced to give up something after our diagnosis and sometimes we choose to give up things that we believe will make a positive impact in our lives.
So, my question for the week is, What is one thing that YOU have chosen to give up that has had a positive impact on your life?
I know for many of us, how we can spend our perfect day may have changed over the years. Even if the activities that we can participate in have changed, we can still enjoy OUR lives to the fullest, especially when we are having a good day! So my friends, my question for you this week is, “Describe how you would spend your perfect day?”
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Change, such a small word with so many connotations, and a word that those of us with chronic illness can relate to on many levels. Yes, change is a part of life no matter who you are, and lately all of us have been going through at least some minimal changes in our daily lives.
My question for you this week is, “What is one way that your life has changed since the pandemic started and has this change had a positive or negative impact on your living situation?”
~ Thank you so very much for taking the time to stop by and and respond to this week’s question. Please know that I am praying for all of you and I wish the very best for each and every one of you.