Last month, I was introduced to Cerra, a website to help women be inspired and achieve balance and well-being through the seven intentions- grounded, creative energy, gratitude, loving kindness, courage, wisdom and inspiration. Many of the intentions resonated with me, but the one that I feel most passionate about is gratitude.
It’s hard to believe that I have been living with daily chronic pain for almost 6 years. Everything is different now. I try to think back to my life before the pain began and it’s getting harder and harder to remember. I think because I am so used to hurting that I forget what its like to not wake up every morning wondering what kind of day I will have.
I have changed in many ways. I’m a different person now than I was five years ago. I appreciate the little things now because I know what it’s like to not be able to just get up and go. Everything is dependent on my physical body. How I feel plays a big part in what I can physically do.
My pain has actually helped me to grow as a person. That may be the only good thing to come out of it, but I see the world differently than I once did. I feel grateful for the moments when the pain is not on the forefront of my mind. I cherish each and every special moment when I can feel “normal”.
I actually already have a Gratitude Journal that I write in and read when I am feeling down. It serves as a reminder of the good things in my life. Here’s just a few of the entries:
I am grateful for my beautiful children, my fiance and my family for being supportive of me
I am grateful for having a roof over my head and a place to call my own
I am grateful for the days I have minimal or no pain
I am grateful for the days that I am able to go outdoors for a walk and some fresh air
I am grateful for the days when I can go shopping and just concentrate on what I need to buy rather than how I am hurting
I am grateful for the days when I forget that I have something wrong with me (I need more of those).
I am grateful that I have empathy for people who also struggle with chronic pain and can offer them words of encouragement
And the list goes on. These little reminders really do work to lift my mood and make me feel more at peace with my life.
I’m curious to know: What has inspired you to grow as a person? By replying you will be entered to win one of two prizes! First Prize: $150 to a Local Spa, plus $50 Gift Certificate to the CerraBoutique. Second Prize: One of Five $100 Gift Certificate to the CerraBoutique.
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