We may be down, but we are NOT out! Living with a chronic illness can be limiting in many ways, but adjusting to those new limitations and having a solid understanding of what you CAN do is really important. Even if you know you can only be active for 4 hours a day, that should serve as the basis for planning your days.. The biggest pittfal to this way of thinking is comparing yourself with others energy or abilities. That is not your reality and is not helpful. Base your life on your abilities, not societies expectations. Because even if you touch one life with your time or simply make a connection during your active 4 hours, it is better than nothing. Set a goal for yourself, and work on it each day as much as you can. When we go, our life’s work will not be measured against another persons, it will be measured against the truth of our own Soul. So don’t give up, and DO IT ANYWAY!
An example of how this mantra can help you is when your internal voice goes negative on you- “I don’t feel good” say mantra, “do it anyway”….apply this anytime your pain body tries to gain control, and you will be very happy with what you will accomplish!
Mother Teresa’s Anyway Poem
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.