Many people have problems that we cannot see although they may have heavy burdens to carry. I have a chronic condition caused by an accident I had almost twenty years ago. The resulting cervical dystonia can at times be invisible to others, although spasms can range from mild to severe. The initial symptoms rocked my world until I found a way to accept the challenge placed before me. I asked myself… ”If this doesn’t get any better than it is today, can I find a way to be happy.” The answer was yes. Recently, I found myself facing a new challenge with dystonia and I asked myself that same question again. Again I said yes!
It takes strength to live in “this way.” I view myself as resilient and strong. I live with the positive intention of wellness. I know it could be worse and I feel thankful daily. I know it could be better and I still feel thankful daily.
It’s a lifestyle choice. No matter what life throws my way, I have a choice of how to face it, how to get through it, and mostly what attitude to adopt. It makes me feel better when I embrace each day with gratitude. As I go about my day, I observe others and consider that they may be facing a challenge I can’t see. I think of what actions I can take to add a moment of joy to their lives. It could be a smile, a funny comment, a random act of kindness or a simple hello. For that minute I know it could make a difference…
Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. – Grandma Moses