Been awhile since anyone has written on this here blog.
Lying awake one night, I was going over the happenings of the day, wondering if I’d wasted it away by being sick or if there was something really worthwhile that I’d done. And then I got to thinking that I should look at the small things that I was able to do and count them as accomplishments because they are and they are just as important as the bigger accomplishments that others may be able to reach.
Achievements don’t have to be some big grand thing all the time. Being chronically sick it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the idea that to make a day successful one needs to have accomplished grand things. But, I have come to realize that achievements don’t have to be such grand happenings, that small ones are just as grand as the big ones because they are just as important. By viewing each achievement for what it is, it’s easier to be positive about how the day went by than to dwell on everything that you couldn’t accomplish due to having a bad day.
For example, today I accomplished washing some dishes and doing a few loads of laundry. To the average person these chores are menial and not much to make note of. But to feel good and have the energy to be able to do said chores, that’s an accomplishment to take pleasure in for the day. On the opposite end, a few days ago all I could muster was to cook some ramen to eat for lunch and a PB&J for dinner. Measured up against what I accomplished today it pales in comparison, but they are achievements nonetheless and I took joy in the fact that I was able to accomplish something.
Small acts of service to family members are achievements too. My sister just graduated from college with her bachelor’s degree, and for the last three weeks of the term she was very stressed and anxious every day. Though I didn’t have much energy on some days, I took the time to talk with her about what was on her mind, giving her a couple of ears to listen. It wasn’t much, but it meant a lot to her.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is, take a bit of pride in what you are able to do day to day. It won’t be the same each day. One day you may be able to achieve more than the next–however, don’t be discouraged by everything that you can’t do all the time. See what you can do and find joy in that.