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   Posted 7/21/2010 12:28 AM (GMT -7)   
When you need to encourage yourself, what is the thing you tell yourself?
I keep reminding me of PHil. 4:13 that states "I can do all things throug Him that gives me strength"
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   Posted 7/21/2010 5:39 AM (GMT -7)   
LOL...that's one of my quotes on Facebook Smurfy...that very same verse!

Truthfully, it's pretty rare that I need to encourage myself. I don't see my chronic pain and health issues as a detriment to the life I want...I've simply accepted it will always be a part of my life, so I have to make the best life possible under those circumstances.

I'm an optimistic person by nature and I expect to have good things happening in my life. I am always able to find good in any situation, and I simply don't play the "why me" game. This is what I've been given to deal with, so I simply do.

I am NOT my illness. I am a unique individual with some health issues that I deal with. As long as I remember that, I can do anything.

Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Severe Myofascial Pain, Chronic Pelvic Pain (with permanent muscle damage), Femoroacetabular Impingement (CAM and Pincer), Reynauds, IBS, Surgical Adhesions, Ophthalmic Migraines, Severe Hot Flashes (both Surgical Menopause and medication related), plus physically unable to vomit due to the Nissen, and I have extremely tiny veins with a lot of scar tissue...a joy when it comes to having to give blood or get an IV started

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   Posted 7/21/2010 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   
One Day at a Time yeah
One day at a time is all I can do
Some days it's one hour, maybe two
I do what I can to get through the day
To live my life in a meaningful way
Pain really hurts, I know that is true
But I also know, my life isn't through
There is a lot of living I want to do
P.S. "God will work with us, not for us"

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   Posted 7/21/2010 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I try to remind myself that God is in control and I'm not and he will see that I get the encouragement I need.........Sometimes easier said than done.  Good topic!

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   Posted 7/21/2010 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
This is good. Great poem, Robin! Love your view on life, Pam. Libby and Desiree - good way to keep perspective. :D Hope you don't mind if I post a whole bunch.

I found this recently and it helps me. There was a man who was stuck in the waters of the Atlantic all alone for 76 days after his small sailboat capsized. He wasn't in frequently traveled waters - he was out of the shipping lanes. This is a true story and happened in 1982 to Steven Callahan. This is what he kept telling himself while he was waiting to be rescued:

“I tell myself I can handle it,” wrote Callahan in his narrative. “Compared to what others have been through, I’m fortunate. I tell myself these things over and over, building up fortitude....”


I also have about a dozen quotes on my desktop in sticky notes. Here are a few:

M. Scott Peck:
"The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers."

Rene Descartes:
"Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it"

Scott Alexander:
"All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity is easy. Stay away from easy."


And from a book I loved by Thom Rutledge, Embracing Fear:

"Separate the voices of healthy and unhealthy fear. Listen carefully to and follow the wise counsel of the healthy fear. Tell the unhealthy fear to sit down and shut up."

(also from that book:)

"What would I do today if I was brave?"


Two from HH The Dalai Lama:
"It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.

"I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe."

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   Posted 7/21/2010 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I guess for me it is in knowing that god is with me every step of the way. My favorite poem is footprints in the sand.
Gentle Hugs
DX: Fibro, Gerds, COPD, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, High Blood Pressure, and Depression.
When I get where Im going dont cry for me down here. (Brad Paisley & Dolly Parton)

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