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Take joy in the little things

#1

Hey everyone,

so I was reminded today of just how sweet the little things in life really can be. It sounds a little cheesy but please bear with me. So I work almost everyday, I feel as though I am constantly having to drag myself out of bed, no energy, muscles aching and fibro fog at full blast. But it always calms me and refreshes me to read my Bible daily (this is just what I do, not trying to cause offense). That sets my mind on the right path and then I find myself being a little more thankful for the blessings I have in my life. Family is obviously one of the first and greatest blessings to me, though we don't always see eye to eye, I wouldn't trade my family for anything. I also am so thankful for the fact that I have a warm bed, for that awesome cup of coffee or tea first thing in the morning, and hot water so my showers aren't as painful. I'm so thankful today is a beautiful sunny day where I am, and though we may get snow soon, nothing can destroy this image in my mind of the green, green grass and the bluest sky. Simply breathtaking. Also I am SO thankful to have a job and that it is one I thoroughly enjoy. Though I'm dragging at the end of each day, I love interacting with my clients and making they're day a little brighter, because even though I am having a rough time usually, I have to remember that someone out there could be having a way worse day than me.

So all in all, I hope and pray you all are having a low pain day, and that you all may find something little to take joy in today. <3

Love, blessings and prayers.

#2

Hello,

Thank you for sharing this. I'm having a really rough day today and love hearing your positivity : ) It made me smile and feel a little better. Sometimes, it is so difficult to wade through the pain, fatigue and exhaustion to find a little piece of joy to focus on. It is very important to take joy in the little things though, like you said.

Hugs,

Sara

#3

Thank you Sara! Wishing you much peace, joy, and days free of pain, fatigue, and fibro fog.

#4

Hi Ahava,

It's so nice to hear from you again! I agree about making sure to take joy in the little things, and I always try to put in a heartfelt prayer of thanks. I feel more complete when I.do that.

I'm really curious...what type of work do you do and how have you been able to keep going? I'm amazed. And happy for you. It must be an interesting, as well as rewarding job.

I had a dream about still being an Activity Director last night, and got some snacks and also paints for residents. I enjoyed the work, like you, but couldn't do it any more. It amazes me that I still dream about doing it! Sometimes I have quite long and detailed dreams about being back at work. I wish I could get paid for those hours, LOL!

#5

AMEN!!!! AMEN!!!!

#6

Ahava, you have such a positive mindset. I have had a very painful debilitating day. Most days aren't as bad. But your testimony helped encourage me to keep knowing, "Life is Good"! And keep looking for strenght I can't do this on my own!

#7

Thank you for the inspiration. It helps to get through the day. Enjoy! Lots of hugs,
Taina

#8

I love everyone here... they pick me up when I am down. I hope I encourage some too... when I'm having a good day. I just got back from my rheumy on Monday... I am always asking him what can I do... what can I do.. to stay active... he said.. plainly.. IM NOT GOING TO TELL YOU WHAT TO DO... he mad it very simple.. he said.. do something that you love to do... that way I will stick with it... that made sense!!! So... even tho it is going to look awful in my living room... guess what.. Im dragging my recumbant bike down there... there I can do many things... watch tv... read... even do a little bit on internet while still peddling away.

I will update u on my progress.... lol

#9

I needed to see this today! I am grateful that my Fibro isn’t an everyday painful presence, but when I go down with it for a day or two or sometimes three, it is very debilitating for me. I find that my physical pain that literally keeps me down at that time, ricochets to making me very depressed. I have to remind myself “this too shall pass.” Overall I am also grateful for the plus side of my life, and I keep my reading and thoughts in that vein. Anything I can’t get down today I just accept now that it will be there tomorrow. Sometimes I wish it were different, but I am very grateful I am not so debilitated that I am in bed daily. Like Ahava, after I drag myself out of bed, I get through most days pretty well. And if Fibro has done anything FOR me, it has slowed me down to really stop and see the details of the roses as well as smell them! Much love and hugs to all. <3

#10

It always helps to put things into their proper perspective. Thanks for reminding me.
Blessings
Cathy

#11

Thank you so much for that! I am a Christian and have been trying to keep my head up. Your words are inspiring!

#12

Hey everyone, I am so sorry I haven't been able to respond to you all sooner (my work schedule has been a little crazy) but I am SO blessed to read all of your comments! This disorder throws quite a few curve balls our way, and usually on a daily basis. But it truly is wonderful to see what happens when you are led by positivity and peace, to be reminded that we are more than overcomers every single day. I just want everyone who is struggling today to know that you are in my thoughts and constant prayers, and I pray that you find rest, relief and refreshment even this very second. You all mean the world to me because even though you suffer from something that no one should wish on their worst enemy, you all fight every day and grow a little bit stronger and wiser because of it. That is something that is truly beautiful.

Blessings, love and prayers to all!

#13

Hey Petunia Girl!

Thank you, I am definitely trying to get back on here more often. I have missed you all!

In regard to your question about my job, I work as a manager in sales part time (but typically work full time hours). It is difficult to stand on my feet for 8 to 9 hour shifts almost every day, and I constantly just keep my mind completely zoned in on what I am doing to try and ignore the pain. Gets a little interesting when fibro fog decides to kick in but we do the best we can :) Your past job sounds very fun, but I can definitely understand what it's like when you have to choose between your job and your health. I am glad you are putting your health first, but please know that you make a huge difference in this fibro family, and I always enjoy reading your posts!

Blessings and prayers

Petunia Girl said:

Hi Ahava,

It's so nice to hear from you again! I agree about making sure to take joy in the little things, and I always try to put in a heartfelt prayer of thanks. I feel more complete when I.do that.

I'm really curious...what type of work do you do and how have you been able to keep going? I'm amazed. And happy for you. It must be an interesting, as well as rewarding job.

I had a dream about still being an Activity Director last night, and got some snacks and also paints for residents. I enjoyed the work, like you, but couldn't do it any more. It amazes me that I still dream about doing it! Sometimes I have quite long and detailed dreams about being back at work. I wish I could get paid for those hours, LOL!

#14

Hi how is everyone today? Hopefully less pain, more movement right? Well we all know how hard that is. Trying to figure out if you did to much, how am I going to feel tomorrow. Do a little and you feel like nothing gets done. I was listening to Annie Lennox this morning, If you like her. She can be inspirational. The best of her albums are Songs of Mass Destruction, Bare, Medusa. These were after her break up. Be by yourself and crank it loud and once you know the words, start singing at the top of your lungs or at least as loud as you can get. Very thyaraputic. Can’t Spell. Brain Fog. I was in my truck just singing away, I don’t care anymore about people looking at me or staring, I have a thing about staring at me it started in grade school, had a girl that would bring a compact mirror to school everyday to fix it so she could stare at me. Drove me nuts , teacher said ignore her, yeh right, evertime you lift your head from your desk there she was. Well enough of that. Anybody need to chat here I am. Big Soft Bear Hugs.

#15

Thanks for sharing, Donna.

I definitely find music to be very therapeutic as well, whether it is a happy song that gets me movin, or a sad song when my fibro is just out of control. Music is one of the best ways to relieve some of our worst fibro symptoms in my opinion. Soft hugs!

Blessings and prayers

#16

Hi, kinda was having a bad day. Argument with hubby. Pain real bad. I just want somewhere to go and SCREAM at that top of my lungs. Thank. Big hugs

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