In Sickness And In Health, There Will Always Be Good And Difficult Seasons In Life.

I love turning over the calendar at the beginning of a new month. I have a pretty wall calendar in my study 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.

Some new months herald a season change which always adds to my musings of what lies ahead. New seasons are a reminder that nothing is stagnant.

As with the extremes of weather, not all changes in life are welcome though. There are always twists and turns, both good and bad.

The Seasons of Life

Whether we have good health or chronic illness, life has seasons. Living with chronic illness does tend to heighten the adverse impact of life’s ordinary difficulties.

Things will happen though that are not connected with our chronic disease. They are just normal life events.

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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.

Dealing With The “Ordinary” Unwanted Life Events

With chronic illness 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?

Does it feel like the last straw but in actual fact the main issue is that you are just too tired to deal with it?

Taking Time Out

By taking time out to stop and think calmly about your difficult day or season, you might surprise yourself and find 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 living with chronic disease.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3 v 1

I hope and pray every new month and 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 when life’s circumstances and health issues feel overwhelming.

The title of a well known book comes to mind… “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”

Take care

Sam xx💗

 

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16 thoughts on “In Sickness And In Health, There Will Always Be Good And Difficult Seasons In Life.

  1. I think you’re right, these things can get exemplified, feel worse or more disastrous than they perhaps are. When my health is suffering more than usual, I find regular life events and day to day issues worse because I don’t have the resources to deal with them, my anxiety is up, I’m too tired and the grey sky seems the darkest shade of grey possible. Taking a step back, getting perspective, appreciating the way you feel and assessing your resources/ability to deal with it all are so important. Brilliant post, Sam. xx

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  2. Hi Sam, I love what you have written today. It is so encouraging. It so true that there are Seasons in our lives bringing the good times and the not so good times. During the Summer of 2017 I had two wonderful experiences, one bringing me Joy beyond measure and the other was my son’s Wedding in August that brought me unspeakable Happiness. I hold onto those when the moments are difficult and seem never ending. “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” is a great book. Have a good day and keep writing.

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    1. Thanks so much for reading and commenting Janice. I am so glad you have had some truly joyous seasons which are now wonderful memories to look back on. I find memories like those help me through the difficult seasons too. Lots of love xx

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  3. We tend to experience everything in high definition. The good and the bad. It’s all amplified for those of us who are already in pain and sensitive to stress, light, sound and excitement. But you are right, that verse is perfect: there is a season for everything and the seasons are constantly changing. No season lasts forever. Thank you for the encouraging post, Sam!

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