Hi there. Remember me? I apologize for being MIA lately but Life threw me a bit of a curveball.
Not Life exactly, more like some delicious strawberries.
We’d been enjoying strawberries all summer – on shortcake, in smoothies, on waffles. Yum, right? Just a quick rinse in the sink, slice ’em up and dig in.
Oh no, my friends. From now on, all berries, fruit, and veggies get a nice bath in water with a tablespoon of bleach. All of them.
If you’ve ever had food poisoning of any kind, you have some idea of the misery I went through. Over two weeks of . . . um . . . intestinal ‘issues’, to put it delicately.
I honestly can’t ever remember being that sick in 56 years, other than the abdominal surgery when I was 21. Even now, there are lingering effects. I’m still on a soft diet, lots of bland food and Activia yogurt. Obviously, I’m still weak and spend a lot more time than I’d like lying on the couch. But the worst is over, thank God.
In my 5 years of blogging I’ve never taken such a long hiatus. I thought about ignoring the break and jumping back into regular posts . . . except I haven’t painted or DIY’d a single thing. Then I thought about maybe doing a collection of ‘comfortable bathrooms’ as a sort of tongue-in-cheek thing.
Huh uh. Not so funny, even still.
Then I realized I needed to just be ‘real’, to be me, and write about things I appreciated while I was so sick, things that got me thru when I wanted to just go to sleep and not wake up.
There was always something to appreciate, even though my life came to a screeching halt – no painting, no aerobics classes, no Facebook, no haircut (or color!!!), no seeing Grandson’s first day of 2nd grade (boohoo). Things just stopped. (pardon the pun on that one there.)
However, as life-as-I-knew-it stopped, it gave me lots of time to think. Lots and lots of time. Heck, I couldn’t do anything else. To be honest, a lot of that time I was depressed and miserable, praying for any type of relief. But also there were things I was SO grateful for.
That is, after I shifted my perspective.
That’s key, whether you’re sick or just in need of a good kick-in-the-pants. You need to shift your focus.
It’s not easy. Oh brother, it’s so not easy. Especially when you don’t feel well. It’s a daily issue even now for me as I struggle to get my strength back. It’d be so much easier to just lie back down, take a nap, and wait . . . wait until you feel better.
Except here’s what I noticed when nothing I did made me feel better – I could still find something to appreciate, something to be grateful for. Whether it was a comfy back cushion so I could easily sleep sitting up or a stack of People magazines to read while I spent countless hours ‘indisposed’, if I shifted my focus to finding those things to appreciate . . . I felt better.
It sounds trite, I know. And I also know there are people with much, much worse problems than a stupid intestinal bug. Still, I wanted to share with you what’s been going on.
Part of it, anyway.
So I’m trying to catch up, without falling back into that hamster-on-the-wheel pace. I’m also trying to keep my focus on appreciating, no matter what the day brings or how my body feels at a particular moment.
All in all, I guess you could say I had a nice 3 week rest that totally shifted my perspective on my life.
I also want to thank all of you for hanging in there with me. I realize there are a ton of blogs out there that you could be reading so the fact that you’re here, reading mine, means the world to me.
I hope life is treating you well. But I am curious, what do you do to feel better when you’re feeling down? Emotionally, I mean. Or does gratitude come naturally to you? I know it does for some.