This month I’m once again participating in the linkup with the lovely Sheryl from A Chronic Voice. Her prompts always make me think, and this month’s were no exception. If you’d like to participate, please check it out here.
This month’s prompts:
Do you ever have trouble adapting to change? I know I do sometimes. People who live with chronic illnesses often have to spend a lot of time adapting: to a “new normal,” to different ways of doing things we used to do without thinking, to physical challenges, to energy deficits….the list goes on. As I thought about this though, I realized that life in general is a process of adapting to different circumstances. We go through many different stages in our lives and as we enter each stage, in order to live well and enjoy our lives, we have to adapt to changes that particular stage brings with it. If we resist and fail to adapt to our new season of life, we risk missing out on all it has to offer. I share this because I hope that if you are struggling to adapt to a new circumstance or season in your life, you can be encouraged by knowing you’re not alone. It’s perfectly normal to resist change and even to have trouble adapting to things, but if you can keep going one more day, one more step, one day you’ll suddenly realize that you’ve arrived at acceptance, at least for now, and you’ve probably grown in the process.
Sometimes, we want to embrace changes and move forward, but a monkey wrench gets thrown into the system. That’s what happened to me over the last couple of weeks. I came into the new year ready to improve my blog, make more connections, and learn how to use social media more effectively. Well, wouldn’t you know it? I ended up with a sinus infection AND eye infections and looking at any type of screen caused my eyes to tear up so much I couldn’t see. I’m just now slowly increasing my time, and that’s only by a little bit. This experience has forced me into practicing patience with myself. I’m not a patient person by nature, especially when it comes to patience with myself. I felt I was getting behind, but I knew that if I exposed my eyes to that much strain I would make them worse instead of better. Rather than get frustrated with myself, I just took advantage of the time away from the screen and took lots of naps. :o) I’m still having to practice patience; it has taken me several days to write this because my eyes are still severely limiting me. Unfortunately, it’s also meant I can’t read as many blog posts, which is definitely disappointing.
Hopefully I’ll be able to work on the computer more soon. I need to get busy, especially with figuring out social media. I’m realizing just how lost I am when it comes to using social media for your blog. I’m on Facebook and Pinterest, but I know I’m not using them effectively and I really don’t even know where to start. I’ve bought books for the basics, but I don’t know the exact etiquette for group boards, etc., so I hesitate to post anything anywhere other than on my own boards. So yeah, I have my work cut out for me…. I love to learn, though, so that’s a plus!
I’ll be taking some time off from that learning in order to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Although my hubby and I will be celebrating 20 years of marriage this year, we will only be celebrating our 19th Valentine’s Day together. Pretty weird, huh? We met in early March of 1998 and got married 10 weeks later. We always tell people we don’t recommend that route – those first couple of years were HARD – but it worked out well for us, and here we are 20 years and 19 Valentine’s Days later…. We’ve decided to go out to dinner on Tuesday rather than actually going on Valentine’s Day. Our favorite “date place” also seems to be everyone else’s on the 14th, so we’re going to avoid the crowd and long wait for food, and go the day before.
Wow, I sure do share a lot about me in these posts, don’t I? I’m generally a very private person and don’t share a lot of details with folks, even those I’ve known for years, but here I am, inviting each of you into my life as if I’ve known you forever. I’ve been so blessed through my association with all of you through this blog, and though I’ve never met most of you, I feel I’ve made a bunch of new friends. Though I started this blog with the hope of helping others, it’s ended up being an even bigger blessing to me!
Thanks again to Sheryl for hosting this linkup. It’s always fun to think about the prompts and how they apply to our day-to-day lives. If you live with chronic illness and would like to participate, please head on over to A Chronic Voice and join the party!