Spondyville's Octoberblest! - 10/02/13 05:48 PM
What is the context in which you hold having this chronic disease?
How do you deal with the pain and suffering that can come with A.S.?
This month, instead of focusing on the pain and suffering that we endure, I would like to propose that we concentrate on all the many ways in which we are blessed.
While we may continue to live with pain, we do not have to suffer. Pain is experiential, suffering is context. We suffer because we let our lives become about being in pain, rather than focusing on what drives our hearts forward.
When we get our attention off ourselves, when we find a purpose on which to focus, we cease to suffer, even if we remain in pain. That's my theory anyway.
Spondyville's Octoberblest hopes to help our fellow Spondys to begin to think about, and perhaps change the way they hold having this disease.
I believe that if you can get past suffering, you'll find a new, more optimistic course for your life. Remember, having A.S. is not the end of your life, it is the beginning of a new and challenging chapter, with just as many triumphs, rewards and adventures to embrace as you would have found on the path you were on before having this disease.
So, let me hear from you; Name one way in which you are blessed. Then see if you can name one new and different way you are blessed for every day of the month of October.
Can you do it? (It's not as easy as it sounds.)
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