Touching The Positives

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I recently came across an interesting question, If you were cured today, what would you do? For people with a chronic condition or rare disease that’s a loaded question. What would you do just for yourself, for family or friends?

Would you run out to experience a long-time dream? Visit far off places? Make more friends? Host a party? Meet a friend for coffee? Would you find a cause, jump in, get involved, be engaged? Are these the things you long to do while you’re breaking through the pain or fighting off loneliness and isolation? The days when you can’t bear to move a finger let alone get out of bed?

If you got your miracle today what would you do?

It’s so easy to allow the negatives of chronic illness to swallow us alive. When your glass is continually half empty and every day is a struggle you desperately need to touch the positives. You know what you can no longer do but what about the things you can?

Touching your positives won’t mean rainbows and candy sprinkles are going to appear magically every day. It means you limp through the terrible times knowing there will be a better day. The elusive good day, when smiles are heartfelt, and sunshine comes through the window. These days are not gone.

Make a list of all your positives from the straight-up dreaming to the might be possible. What would you do just for yourself, or with other people? What’s stopping you? Money? Time? Energy? Everything? Write down your positives, on paper or a tablet, but put them in front of you.

All the things you would do if you were cured today.

Start slowly and small but choose something that makes your heart know you’re still alive. Why? Because there’s still no cure today. Touch the positives.

What positive will you touch?