Sheryl, from “A Chronic Voice” gives five prompts each month and invites bloggers to comment on all or some of them. This month’s prompts are Marveling, Splurging, Continuing, Balancing & Investing. I will do my best to do them justice.
I marvel every day at the positive changes that have occurred in my life since we moved. I am constantly looking out at the park across the street and beyond it to the mountains in the distance. It is so peaceful not only out there but our place is so bright and comfortable. While I don’t have any more stamina or less pain than I did a year ago, I seem to get more done or accept more easily what I can’t do. And being able to have family over because there are only five minutes away is priceless.
Splurging doesn’t have to be about money but in this case, it is. Money has always been a hard thing for me to deal with – that is a common trait with bipolar disorder. I have finally come to terms with this and mainly let my husband make the decisions about purchases. However, I will be hopefully getting my income tax back in the next month or so and I need new dresses for the spring and summer. So, I bought some and they should be here in a week. Hubby is also helping me get a wall planter for my herbs on the balcony and a fitness watch so I can monitor how much exercise I am getting in the dog park and short walks with Miley, as well as just around the suite.
I am continuing to try and watch what I eat, how much exercise I am getting (the new watch should arrive tomorrow) and am trying to take better care of myself. I am doing much better with my bingeing disorder and often find I really don’t want the things I used to stuff myself with. I can eat just a few potato chips at a time, I do still have chocolate cravings but I can satisfy them with something very little.
This is an easy one. The life of anyone with chronic illness is a balancing act every day. We had family over for dinner Saturday and I have been dealing with a couple of different pain flares. My care worker was here in the morning and not only got the house ready for me but prepped the scalloped potatoes for me while I rested. Everything else in the meal was quite easy. However, after they left I looked at the kitchen and as hard as it was I left the dishes. It took me all day to get two loads through the dishwasher and there are still a few soaking for today. And the fact I have been up most of the night with pain and a cough means they won’t get done first thing!
Like splurging, investing doesn’t have to be about money. One of the things I would consider a good investment is people. The Lord has always put someone in my life to mentor, teach or just come alongside for support. The latest is my young care worker who we actually met 10 years ago at a camp we all cooked at. The investment isn’t about paying for good help. She seems happy here, even though the work isn’t the greatest, and is opening up to me about things on her mind. I love being able to use my own experiences to help others.
Well, there you have it. I was finally able to complete the April prompts… and it is only the fourth of the month! Hope you enjoy this and if so, please check out the other posts on the subject at April 2018 Linkup Party with A Chronic Voice.