It has been a few weeks since I posted the last Pain Warrior Pep Talk – but you guys know it’s a struggle to blog as a person with a chronic illness!
The last few weeks have been more difficult than usual. Morale was low and my canister of ‘patience for chronic pain’ was running on empty. There were loads of tears and prayer. But God always renews my strength when I feel like I can’t cope anymore.
So warriors I want to encourage you to hang on in there, don’t you throw in the towel on life. Although your situation looks dark and it’s easy to believe that life will always be this way – dare to be the person who refuses to believe that. Now I’m not talking about being a person in denial, I’m talking about choosing to believe that life will get better for you. Tear yourself away from this concept that says ‘things will only get better if your ilness is cured’. Instead, your mind should be set on the concept that says ‘things will only get better if you choose to live life beyond your illness’. What if I told you that your life can be better right now, DESPITE your sickness? It can be, but it all STARTS with your attitude and your perspective on life. It comes down to you choosing to look at life differently. This isn’t an easy transition, but it can be done. So let’s explore it…
How is it that there are people out there who have experienced terrorising and heartbreaking situations – yet they still manage to have genuine smiles on their faces? How do they manage to have true contentment? How do they get there? This is something I have been exploring and learning myself. I will continue to share more with you as we go along. The first thing I’ve come to recognise is the best way to start changing your perspective on life is by recognising what good things you have going for you.
Keeping that in mind, I have a task for you this week warriors; I want you to focus on one value this week – gratitude. what are you grateful for? Write those things down and pin it up in the place that you spend most of your time. This will serve as a great, visual reminder that you’re blessed.
Although it can seem impossible to love life when you are battling with chronic illness, I don’t believe it is. However, the first step to learning how to do this starts with not giving up on life. You can’t continue to love life if you have given up on it. So keep your head up, keep walking through this dark tunnel (like I mentioned in the last Pain Warrior Pep Talk – If you’re going through hell, keep going!) and hang on in there.
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments on anything that has helped you to change your perspective on life warriors!