B is for Battle Weapon

{My A to Z Challenge for 2013 has the cool theme of being chronically ill. It’s going to be fun, so stick around!}

B is for Battle

It’s hard being sick physically. My life is a battle where I’m warring against lack of energy, pain, sleepless nights, etc. More than that though, it’s hard mentally. That’s where my biggest battle comes in. 
I’m an overachiever. Rarely does anything make me feel better than being able to look back on a day and have a whole list of things that I’ve accomplished. Therefore my hardest battle is against myself. Against my expectations, my dreams, my ideals. I need to have those things (I’d be lost without them!), but I can’t base my worth as a person on them.

I’m finally getting to where, on my ‘bad’ days, I can be like: I just took all my vitamins, teas and stayed on my diet the whole day, goodness! And I updated my blog, wrote for twenty minutes on my WIP. And wonder of all wonders I made a salad for lunch. PLUS, I only took two naps today. Boy am I doing well! Which, if you know me, you’d realize that’s a huge accomplishment to be able to think that way.
One of the best ways I’ve found to keep a positive outlook on life is to be thankful. There’s always something I can be thankful for. On my worst days I’m thankful that I’m not always that bad. This morning I was thankful that I didn’t wake up with a headache. I’m thankful that I’m a writer. For my family. For the ability to read.
I know, I know. I sound Pollyanna-ish, don’t I? It really does work though! So, I guess thankfulness is  my best battle weapons. =) What would you consider your best ‘weapon’ to keep a positive outlook?

14 thoughts on “B is for Battle Weapon

  1. Sandy says:

    Thank you for your visit. Hope to see you at Traveling Suitcase often. It will give you the ability to travel from the comfort of your own chair. Hope things improve for you. I like your Polyanna attitude. Loved that movie…playing the glad game. Tells me too we must be about the same age…who else would know that good old movie! Leaving you a link for one of my other blogs in the a-z challenge.


  2. Yolanda Renee says:

    A long walk in the sunshine. It does wonders to clear the cobwebs and make the fight, especially for better health so much smoother. Never fails, when I'm ready to quit a walk defeats the defeatist attitude.

    Keep moving forward!


  3. Karen Tamara says:

    You don't sound pollyanna-ish. You sound like a grateful person. I always feel like something better is coming and that's what keeps me positive. I count my blessing, or another way of saying it is I live in gratitude. You seem like you have a lot of blessing and you know it. That's always good. Great post!



  4. ~Brandy~ says:

    I have to agree with you there. While I do not have a chronic illness, I do have an anxiety disorder that took some time to properly diagnose. I was physically ill for a number of years and underwent a lot tests before the doc decided that my mental disorder was manifesting itself with physical symptoms. I have it mostly under control now, but when I am having a rough day, I pull out my journal and write down at least two things that I am thankful for. Redirecting one's thoughts can work magic that no medication can some days!
    Cheers from Brandy at brandysbustlings.blogspot.ca


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