Living life with a debilitating illness can be very discouraging. If you concentrate on all the things that you suddenly cannot do, it can become down right depressing.

You need to grant yourself a little grace.

Find the courage to laugh in the face of adversity.

I find it helpful to make power statements throughout my day.

I think I have always been a person who could find the brighter side of life when circumstances forced me to drink warm lemonade.

But now, it seems to be even more important.

Grant yourself grace for the things you can no longer do for yourself…. Life changes.

Grant yourself grace for the things you can no longer do as fast as you once could, or as well as you once could.

Purpose for yourself to find things to be positive about.

  • Today, I was awake early enough to see the sunrise. There were over eleven geese honking obnoxiously over head as I pumped gas in my truck.
  • I wrote a piece of flash fiction I was somewhat pleased with.
  • The lawn crew were here today to mow. That used to be one of my favorite yards events. Now, I sit on my outdoor swing and enjoy getting my high on smelling the freshly mowed grass.
  • The spaghetti and meatballs I made for supper really hit the spot. I need to remember to get some garlic seasonings for baked bread next time.

I cannot enjoy the pleasure of competitive tennis, or some days even the slowed-down version of gardening, but there are things that I can notice in life and enjoy… If I allow myself the privilege.

Written for DAILY ADDICTIONS: GRACE.   I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My chosen topics are as follows:  (Monday) Life in Retirement; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.

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