As the year closes I am carving mental space for appreciation and contentment. Why? I realize that Lyme has made me more rather than less than whole. Sure as I look back over my healing journey of the last few years, I am different. 5 years Lyme or no, time changes a person. Lyme realizations drove many positive transformations in my life. In many ways I be content in my body and celebrate my growth as a person and a spirit.
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Here are ways Lyme made me better, stronger and clearer.
As I enter 2018, I know I am whole. I am not waiting for a miracle or expecting to wake up new and perfect. I have a great life. Reflecting on the things that have changed for the better for me since Lyme, I realize there are more many more than I first thought.
Discipline – I have developed new and huge discipline in my life. This is something I always wanted growing up, I was kind of undisciplined, out of body, sloppy, absent minded and disconnected from my feelings. I had no daily self care. Self care formally just a word is now a way of life. Lyme and my immune system give me pretty quick feedback to keep me on track.
Patience- With myself and my health care team to learn and steer a course for me that will work over time and keep the permanent damage to a minimum while I continue to build strength. I had to let go of my expectations on how quickly I would heal. Stick to the things that make sense.
Presence – Remember to be in the present and enjoy the wonderful aspects of my life. Don’t put life on hold because you are in recovery. Recovery can be a long process. No point in wasting years of my life waiting to feel better.
Learning – Lyme has helped me to be a lifelong learner. Lyme drives my learning about health care self care, herbs, Ayurveda and even blogging. It motivates me to deepen my understanding of my body and to help others.
Loving Kindness – Treat myself and the people who love me with loving kindness. Understand in the moment that reaction and anger will not help anything. Consciously treat my husband and friends with gentleness and respect independent of how I am feeling in the moment.
Deep Connection – Lyme helped me grow more in love with my husband and more connected to my friends. I have wonderful friends who have reached out to help me when I needed it most.
Forward To The New Year
As the New Year begins take a moment to examine the realizations you have gained over the course of the last year from dealing with Lyme disease. Treasure the wisdom gained and appreciate the opportunities that come your way. Look for new learning and opportunities in 2018.
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