Headspace

Every day God gives us the ability to make choices about our life, including what we think and speak. Our thoughts often become our rhetoric. This influences our mood, our overall abilities to combat fear, push forward, and grow. It is a benefit to us when we learn how to control our headspace better because when we do we gain control of whether we allow our fears to stop us or propel us forward.

Our thoughts influence all aspects of our lives. For example, if anyone of us focuses on, “I cannot…” or “I remember when I used to…,” the negativity begins to take over. Eventually our thoughts get spoken aloud which perpetuates the negative state of being. Our negative verbiage helps keep us down, unsure, and unhappy. It causes us to lose hope and often makes improvement seem impossible leaving us longing for good things to happen.

So, when we control our mindset, we can change our daily lives. When our verbiage becomes, “I can…,” or “I will…,” before long we will be saying “Wow, look how far I have come.” Our fears/obstacles are diminished and often overcome. Even if it is only “baby steps,” it is still a movement forward. This forward motion brings forth a more positive outlook giving us the ability to focus on the blessings instead of the short comings making us more hopeful and joyful allowing us to flourish and exceed our expectations.

Regardless of life’s circumstances we all have free will and can choose to be deliberate with our thoughts and words. God wants us to have a life of abundance full of hope and joy. So, during the moments of struggle ask Him to help you to reframe the negativity. In doing so, we receive strength and guidance that we will keep us moving forward, thus, allowing us to overcome our fears/obstacles grow. What fear is holding you back?

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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