“It would be nice to get better by the end of the year.” This is a thought that resurfaces within my mind quite a fair bit. While others may be making resolutions for the new year, those who are chronically ill are bound to unpredictability, and usually make plans on a daily basis instead.
“What can I do to get there?” Then it struck me that to get better this year, meant getting better today.
Perhaps that little thing you did for yourself today — be it 10 minutes of light exercise, improving one aspect of your diet, getting an extra spot of shut eye, or just sitting down to regulate your thoughts — feels as if it made no overall impact.
I know how that feels because I often become frustrated, thinking that my present action is too insignificant to even cause a dent in the colossal problem before me.
Or I get a little impatient, wondering what I have to do next, and not now. I want to see immediate results, which doesn’t make any sense because everything takes time to manifest.
So this is a gentle reminder to be patient with myself, and that things done for the good of your own well being never goes to waste, whether it is a big, small or unseen contribution.
Keep getting better today, my friend!
And because I think quotes are great little reminders when placed somewhere within sight, I’ve created a few visual quote cards. Feel free to download or print them out for your own use!
- “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” — Annie Dillard
- “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” — William James
- “Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.” — Seneca
- “No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves to today.” — Brendan Francis
- “What is necessary, is never a waste.” — Sarek (Papa Spock)