Add one good thing to your life a day!
I was pondering the whole “grateful” thing. It is quite in fashion. There are grateful journals, grateful books, grateful Tuesdays… but there is a difference between being grateful and wanting more. That is what I call the ‘human drive’. We are driven to be better, do better, live longer (while looking younger), we are do’ers! But we must find balance. For me learning to balance is a daily battle. I have a hard time stepping back and enjoying this life I’ve worked so hard for. Having a chronic illness takes away you self-worth because many things you worked years for are simply taken from you in a matter of months.
I was raised to be a do’er, now I’m simply a survivor. I need to be grateful for my survival; my life, my mental health, my husband, my best friend, my family, even my warm bed. This I know! I could have quit but I chose to continue and to be grateful for this life of mine… whatever that may entail and so drastically different from what I imaged it would ever be.
As a Fibromyalgia Warrior, yes I said warrior. As a Fibromyalgia Warrior, I have learned that my ability to clean and de-clutter daily only lasts for an hour or so. So, ‘stuff’ is not what I am grateful for. Stuff creates a balancing problem. The less stuff I have the more living I can do.