I am preparing to leave on vacation, but I would be remiss if I did not take time out of my evening to stop and give thanks for the outpouring of support I have received over the past few days. Within minutes of my last post, my inbox, comment queue, and Twitter mentions list were filling up with words of advice, personal experiences, and encouraging bits of scripture and verse. Although I have had previous opportunities to see members of the fibrofolks community reach out to lift and encourage, I have never been as moved as I was this week.
Since my first message regarding my last post, from one who has experienced first hand the support of fibrofolks, I’ve been bragging to my sweetie, my parents, and my friends about the sincere, and wise allies I have in the chronic illness community. My heart is humbled by your experience, your optimism, and your insight. Although my back is still hurting, I have been made able to better endure the pain. It feels more muscular, and less skeletal. And I feel less aware of the pain, and more aware of all I am still able to do (and how blessed I truly am).
Enjoy what you can, whether it’s quiet time outside or getting lost in music or mindless television. Try to have a day where you don’t have to worry about appointments or chores and just BE for a while.
Last night I followed Benia’s advice and took time to just be. I curled up in a comfy chair family friends recently gave Daniel (it’s rapidly becoming my favorite), made a half-dozen Genius playlists, and sang my big heart out.
While we’re on the subject of being, head over to ChronicBabe to catch up on the Be Here Now Experiment. And, while we’re on the subject of being here now, head over to (insert preferred music purveyor here) and give Ray LaMontagne’s “Be Here Now” a listen (you will melt).
And while we’re on the subject of Ray LaMontagne, I’m off to give him a listen and get packing.
Thank you again for your prayers, your encouragement, and most importantly… your strength. I know prayers are answered. I know encouragement is power. And I know strength is contagious.