Positive people bring a positive life

We all have the choice of who we spend our time with. Struggling with chronic illness and pain already tends to make life more difficult and often leaves us feeling down. When we hang out with negative people it only brings us
down more sucking the life out of us. Making us feel as if we cannot do much of anything. Instead, when we surround ourselves with positive people who encourage us, we flourish and succeed.

When positive people influence us, the help propel us forward. Whereas negative people cause us to doubt ourselves and we become stuck. By staying in a positive mode, we focus our attention on what we can do instead of what we cannot do. This usually keeps our mindset on the positive things making our ability to handle pain, our illness, and our other deficits much easier. It also causes us to push forward and work harder towards our goals.

By choosing to have positive people in our lives we improve our chances of a positive life. When we are around people who encourage us and bring us up, we feel better overall. When we feel better, we feel stronger and are ready to face new challenges. This allows us to move forward and strive for new heights. So, please do not make the mistake of keeping negative people around who will only bring you a negative life.

Note: The photo above was taken this morning by me. This is my view from my back yard. God is truly amazing! His beauty surrounds us.

Published by Denise Rogers

I am a wife, mother, stepmother and grandmother who enjoys spending time with family and friends, crafting, gardening, and I am learning to live with being disabled. In 2017, after my 8th thoracic spinal surgery, I lost all feeling from the waist down as well as losing my proprioception on the right side. This has made it difficult to stand without assistive devices and made it, so I am having to relearn to walk. Plus, I have another uncommon condition called Chiari Malformation Type 1 which also creates balance issues as well as many other health issues. Because of the Chiari and the spinal cord injury, I have been left with severe nerve damage which causes a great deal of pain (5 and greater on pain scale) as well as spasticity, muscle spasms, and allodynia (burning) in various areas of my body. I have endured 8 surgeries on my Thoracic Spine and will probably need more as the drain that was placed will eventually clog and require replacement. Currently, I have a spinal to pleural cavity shunt, which drains the CSF from my arachnoid cysts into my pleural cavity. Professionally, I am a retired Health Care Professional with over 26 years of experience. I have worked in the Public Health realm as well as in Long Term Care and Acute Care. I have a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work. It is my hope that through sharing my personal trials, experiences, and triumphs that I can help others keep moving forward. No matter what life throws at us we can always tell a better story. I know that God is with me and because of this anything is possible. His promise to be by my side every step of the way helps me to keep pushing on even when there are setbacks.

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