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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Turning Straw into Gold

I was brought up to look for the bright side of life.  I've always been one of those annoying "it could be worse" kind of girls.  Even now, with chronic illnesses, being the primary care giver for my Mom who has chronic illnesses, I am still thankful for what I am able to do and constantly looking for the silver lining.  Imagine my happy surprise when I ran across this article that truly spoke to the Pollyanna side of me!

Turning Straw into Gold: Illness through a Buddhist Lens by Toni Bernard, J.D.  

Ms Bernard offers 10 lessons she has learned during her 10 years of living with a chronic illness.  She offers a refreshing perspective of looking back at years past and gleans uplifting insight for the years ahead.

If I had to give the 5 lessons I have learned over the last 5 years of my own condition, here is what I would list.

1. I have learned that everyone needs help at some point and am grateful for those in my life that help me in a hundred small ways. 
2.  I have learned that naps and resting are important and are not time wasters.  I am grateful that I have a job that allows me to work from home when I need to.  
3.  I have learned to have patience with myself. 
4.  I have learned that there is more to me than what I can do for others. 
5.  I am learning to listen to my body and its cues that something is not right. 

I truly enjoyed the article and the fresh perspective it has given me!  Please consider taking a minute, dear reader, to see things through this lens.  
Turning Straw into Gold: Illness through a Buddhist Lens by Toni Bernard, J.D.


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