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March 16, 2014  (republished from 2011, same author)

Over the weekend while nursing a bad back, I had nothing but time on my hands and I thought many a negative thought. What good did feeling sorry for myself


That got me to thinking about how and why we think those negative thoughts; after all, isn’t It bad enough that we have a chronic illness? But, thinking negative thoughts about the many losses we might have experienced with a chronic illness, is a is normal human reaction.

However, I think there comes a time to put negative feelings aside and move on. When I say, “move on,” I don’t mean that, in any way, we should pretend losses NEVER existed. But, it’s important to move on, move on IN SPITE of the losses and acknowledge that loss is a part of life. After all, we can only experience the good that life has to offer, if we’ve created an opening, a space for good. Here is the article I read over the weekend:

Moving on may be easier said than done, but by allowing a constant stream of negatives in our lives, we never leave the door of hope and positive thoughts open long enough to experience life’s goodness; so I’ve found that if I limit my ‘feeling sorry for myself’ time, I allow for some good feelings to enter.

We’ll never ‘get over’ losses  completely; they’ll always make themselves known. Not being able to have children, losing a parent  or having to maintain a strict diet that may accompany ulcerative colitis or crohn’s disease or other conditions in which there is a gluten intolerance are all losses. However, as time passes, there will be less ‘sting’ to them. Maybe that’s what we can look forward to; less sting!

So, ask yourself when you feel or experience a loss; is the cup half-full or half-empty? Think about how you’ll respond and give yourself a bit of time to feel sorry for your situation and to mourn it; but I think the best thing for your health is the positive thoughts that come from seeing your cup as half-full.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kara
    Jul 04, 2011 @ 20:44:44 [Edit]

    Glad you pushed on into positive realms. I have been nursing an acute cold process. Every day is a change in the progression of symptoms. It’s soooo nice to know I have something that is not chronic, will go away and that others around me understand what’s jumped on me. I rejoice with every blow & cough! This glass is definitely full, but it’s for only a super short time compared to what hits us afflicted with chronic diseases.


  2. Lois Roelofs
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 11:03:39 [Edit]

    Move on. A helpful “mantra” for all of life’s negative situations!


    • Annie
      Jul 06, 2011 @ 11:06:28 [Edit]

      I felt that it was helpful for chronic illness, but like you said for ALL of the negative situations we find, It also is a good thing to practice to PREVENT those negatives!


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    Sep 04, 2011 @ 04:30:57 [Edit]

    Finally a person that puts some real work into a blog. I do like what you have done with the blog.


    • Annie
      Sep 07, 2011 @ 22:35:15 [Edit]

      Thank you for your comments; I’d have replied sooner, but Word Press missed some things and I didn’t get the message. I try to write a blog with integrity and one that is fact-based! Keep coming back!



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