I love turning over the calendar at the beginning of a new month. I have a pretty wall calendar in my study just so I can anticipate revealing a new picture on the 1st day.
It’s a symbolic act in some regards, of saying goodbye to the old month, the good and the bad. I like looking forward with wonder as to what the month ahead will hold. I always hope that it will be a month full of blessings, while realistically praying for strength to handle the difficult days.
March is extra special as it’s the start of my favourite season. In Australia, we look forward to the end of long hot summers and we welcome the cooler Autumn breezes.
My Northern Hemisphere friends are no doubt longing for some sunshine and spring flowers after a bitterly cold winter.
Both seasons herald a welcome change. They are a reminder that nothing is stagnant. Not all changes are welcome though. Life has twists and turns, both good and bad.
Whether we have good health or chronic illness, life has seasons. Things will happen that are not connected with our chronic disease. They are just normal life events.
However, living with chronic illness adds a complex layer to these normal seasons of life. The good times can seem intensified as we know what it’s like to experience the depth of pain. We so often have to miss out on special events because of our illness, so when life is good, it feels extra good. It can feel euphoric.
Sometimes when life throws curve balls at us (not health related) we can, if we are not careful, make them feel larger than they really are.
We are constantly experiencing pain, fatigue and niggling concern about our health and the impact it will have on our future. This can easily make us less tolerant of even the ordinary unexpected and unwanted life events, that interrupt the smooth flow of our day or week.
An argument with a loved one, the inconvenience of an appliance breaking down, someone on the phone being less than helpful etc, can quickly become catastrophic in the life and mind of those battling chronic disease.
If you are experiencing a season when you feel like everything is against you, just take a step back for a minute. Sit quietly and think about the issue that is distressing you. Is it as bad as you think?
Is it that it just feels like the last straw but in actual fact the main issue is that you are just too tired to deal with it?
By taking time out to stop and think calmly about your difficult day or season, you might surprise yourself and find you are actually able to think of a way to handle it, without it being blown out of proportion. Without it causing you undue health repercussions.
On the flip side, if you are experiencing a season of joy and good times, enjoy every minute. Those times are priceless and deserve to be celebrated, especially for those battling chronic disease.
I hope and pray this new season brings you much joy, even with the challenges that chronic disease will always bring.
Just remember to try and keep everything in perspective and stop and breathe.
The title of a well known book comes to mind… “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”
If you’re looking for genuine support, care, understanding & friendship, a place to share your seasonal changes & challenges, you are so welcome to join my closed Facebook support forum, Medical Musings with Friends . It’s a safe place to connect with others living with chronic & complex diseases, who truly understand the daily challenges. A warm welcome awaits.
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