Have you ever wondered “What if…”? For me it is what if my legs quit working, my cyst(s) to pleural shunt fails, my Chiari Malformation worsens, what if I develop more cysts and so many more questions. But focusing on the “what ifs” cause us to focus on all the negatives. Sure, they may happen, but mostly they don’t. Meanwhile, we have wasted precious time and energy surviving instead of moving forward and thriving as we were intended to do.
It is not always easy to stay positive amid dealing with life. Everyone has a story that is running through their head. We all have things about ourselves that we are not happy with and want to change. Do you want to lose weight? Get more restful sleep? Or ask your boss for a raise? For me, it continues to be
regaining my balance and proprioception, lowering my pain without the use of opioid medications, and being able to take care of and enjoying my family. When my life changed almost five years ago because of an Incomplete Spinal Cord injury, Chiari Malformation and Allodynia everything seemed hopeless for a
time. But daily I am reminded that although tragedy happens there are many positives all around us. So, take time and really look at the people and beauty which surrounds you.
Yes, the power of positive thinking is a good habit to get into, but that alone will not bring your goals to fruition. We must show up, be persistent, and remember that God is with us. Also, remember even baby steps count. Each day is an opportunity to “keep moving forward” and to seek out the positives in our lives regardless of how small and Thrive.