5 Free Inspirational Quotes
When Dealing With Chronic Pain
Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday season and a good first month of 2016. Did you all take some time to enjoy the little things? I certainly hope so. I know I did. 2015 was the first year, in many, that I didn’t stress. I was rested. I was present for each precious moment, which really got me thinking about what I wanted to do differently in 2016. Not so much about resolutions. Let’s face it, with chronic pain conditions, it’s hard to truly stick to some of the typical things the Non-Chronic pain people see as doable. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have several things in my life that I would like to improve on. Since I can’t seem to pick just one thing, I thought I would just put together some of my favorite, motivating, inspirational quotes that have helped jumpstart 2016 for me. The biggest question is: what should I work on first? Mind, Body, Heart, Spirit or Home? Well, here it goes……..
#1 Let’s Keep it Simple
It’s the start of a new year. We are only one month in; it hasn’t gotten away from you yet. To get more organized with things at home, I need to start a new calendar. This is super important, especially if you’re on or still filing for Disability and/or Workman’s Comp claims. You must have all your ducks in a row. This helps keep things straight and much simpler down the road. For those of us with brain fog, it just helps us to remember stuff. Period.
#2 My Pain Does Not Define Me
Do you want me to be really honest here? My pain does define me. The cold hard facts are that we have chronic pain disorders and we have to learn how to live with it. If that’s not DEFINING, I don’t know what is. Who comes up with these sayings anyway? An alcoholic has to accept he is alcoholic before he can change. Diabetics have to change the way they eat. A soldier who lost his legs at war has to accept he has lost his legs. This acceptance is a defining moment in the life of anyone facing a life-altering situation or disease. They do define who we are; however, it should FUEL us to seek out answers to live a better life than the one we are settling for Right Now!!
#3 Be the Best You Can Be
This is all any of us can do. We just have a different “best” than others. I can’t tell you how often I struggle with this one. I want to contribute more financially and physically around the house, but the key here is to put a spin on it. I have to consider myself lucky to a certain degree because of my condition. It allows me to be a stay-at-home mom. We may not have a lot of the “finer” things in life, but we have what we need.
Wow, what a treat it is to truly appreciate things that so many others take for granted. How fun it is to dream with my little boy about what he will have some day? Yea, it sucks to have to say “no” to a lot of things; but the benefit of him growing up not having the world handed to him on a silver platter is far greater than any gift I could ever buy. I am here for my son every step of the way. He has his issues, too, which might be a lot worse if I had to work and was never home. So truly, it has allowed me to be the best mom I can be. I’ve never had a better job!
#4 You are NEVER alone
Chronic pain has become an epidemic around the world. I have friends I met in groups on Facebook who are from England, Canada, Australia, India, California, New York, and down the street. There isn’t a time of day that I can’t log on my computer and find someone who I can talk to, or joke around with through the night because I can’t sleep. People friend me because they can relate to my posts. You really just need to take the time to reach out there. Find the ones that work for you. Some groups they pray in, some are atheist. Some they tell inappropriate jokes. Others tell stories that make yours seem insignificant. They have them for specific disorders to just general chronic pain. They have them for caregivers too. So if you have one that says they need someone to talk to, you can suggest the same for them as well. Or maybe you’re more of a people person. Check your local hospitals and churches. They have all sorts of stuff to get you involved and out of the house. The group my friends and I have is on Facebook called Crazy Chronic Pain Warriors and Friends.
#5 One Day at A Time
This one I completely agree with whole heartedly. I just wish the people around us could understand it. How many of you have heard of the Spoon Theory? Please Visit butyoudontlooksick.com and read the story written by Christine Miserandino. Once you have read it, keep it on hand. Send it to every family member, friend, coworker, whoever you need to, to help them understand what it is like for you to get through a single day.
There are all sorts of inspiring things out there for you to hear, read, and act on. It’s all up to you. What you want to do with it, how you want to process it, what do you want your life to look like this time next year? The Power lies within YOU!
My goal in writing these free inspirational quotes and writing in general is to inspire you. To spark something inside you that lights you up. My goal is to spread hope and positivity. To let you all know that you are not alone in this and that there are answers out there. Please watch for more of my articles to come. We will have some interesting views and inspiring stories of courage.
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