Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Out With The Old

New Years is a great time to think about what you want to accomplish for the year. Everyone seems to get that fresh motivation and resolve to do something for themselves to make things healthier, easier, or just plain better. When I was a teen, I used to spend my New Years Eve listening to Casey's countdown. I would pull out my journal and read through all the things that happened to me over the year and then I'd figure out what I'd want to do better and what (or who) I'd want to leave alone for the new year.

Once I got older and had children, I stopped that tradition I had for myself, put it on the back burner in the name of my kids. I had a young child and reading anything with words was hard. Writing was sheer torture. There were days when trying to write out the shopping list was next to impossible. But when I look back on it all, it was really was something I should have never stopped doing.

Having an illness like Fibromyalgia can get you down sometimes. It's not an easy thing to have because there really are days when you just don't feel like getting out of bed. But you do, you get out of bed and you start your day. It's something that should make you proud because it's an accomplishment on those bad days when you get out of bed. But I always seem to forget that. I'm always feeling guilty that I can't do more. I even feel bad when I can't get together the way I'd planned to with my friends when I'm having a bad day. But I really shouldn't because there are days when I feel like I'm on top of the world and I can clean my house, my mother in-laws yard, and help out my own mother with cleaning too... all in the same day. So really, those days make up for my bad ones.

So, you are probably wondering what this all has to do with New Years, huh? Well, plenty if you start to incorporate your reflections of the New Year, with your good days of being pain-free. In other words, the next time you have a good day, write down everything you did and how it felt when you did it. Add the date if you want so you can start to track your good months too. But the main purpose of this journal will be for reflection only.

And then, the next time you have one of those bad days, take out that journal and start to read it. I bet you will be amazed at how much you can and do do. It will hopeful kill any of those old negative, guilty feelings you may have when you can't do something on your bad days. And that would be fabulous!

Happy New Year
Love and Friendship,

Kimberley

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