Re: [MOL] Just For Today [02596] Medicine On Line


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Re: [MOL] Just For Today



Greg,

this is wonderful.  thank you so much for forwarding it.

Take care of yourself, my friend.
Love, Suzanne
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>Daily Survival for Those with Chronic Illness
>
>
>1. Today I am going to try to live through this day only, and not 
>dwell on or attempt to solve all my problems at once; just focus 
>on the piece that is today.  I can do something for several hours 
>that would be difficult to even think about continuing 
>for several months.
>
>
>2. Just for today, I am willing to accept the possibility that 
>there is a purpose to this suffering; that it can be a source 
>of meaning and growth for myself and others, though I may not 
>always recognize the ways.  And it seems possible that this 
>suffering will not be in vain, because of what may be some kind 
>of existence beyond.
>
>
>3. Just for today, let me remind myself that I am basically a 
>worthwhile person, worth loving, despite my faults and limits.  
>I deserve the efforts of others to help me through my illness.
>
>
>4. Just for today, I want to be aware that it is all right to want 
>too much from others at times.  Illness brings out and intensifies 
>the small child in all of us.  And if I feel hurt when those who 
>care for me cannot be there, it may help to remember that they have 
>needs, frailties, and limitations of their own.  A lack of response 
>does not mean that they are personally rejecting me.
>
>
>5. Today I may feel the need to complain a great deal; I may have 
>little tolerance; I may cry; I may scream.  That does not mean that I
>am less courageous or strong.  All are ways of expressing anger over 
>this mess, of rightly mourning my losses.  Endurance itself is courage.
>
>
>6. It ismy life at stake now.  So maybe today I can allow myself to be 
>a little less concerned about the reactions or impressions of others.  
>Maybe I can allow myself to feel a little less guilty or bad about what 
>I did not accomplish or give.  Perhaps today I can be a little more 
>gently toward myself.
>
>
>7. Surviving this is all so difficult.  At times it seems impossible 
>- that I have had enough.  Down the line I will know if and when I 
>have had enough, when I cannot push the limits any further.  I will 
>have the right to choose to stop, without feeling that I am "giving up."  
>But today I think I can deal with this illness.  Sorrow runs very deep, but I
>think I can rise again.
>
>
>8. Just for today, maybe I can give healing "the benefit of the doubt."  
>The drugs are powerful; the natural healing capacity of my body is 
>powerful.  And who knows, perhaps there is healing power in my will 
>to struggle, and in the collective love and will of others.
>
>
>9. Just for today, perhaps I can take heart that we are all connected.  
>And I may still have some things left to contribute to the family of man; 
>some light to add to the light.  Even now my endurance (however 
>imperfect) is a gift, an inspiration for others in their struggles.
>
>
>10.	It seem reasonable that there is a season for everything and a 
>time for every purpose.  Pain, weakness and exhaustion may distort my 
>senses and spirit.  Today, however, I can at least find some hope in 
>nature's way, if not some master plan.  The chance are fairly good, 
>and it seems worthwhile to hope that I will have some cycle of 
>wellness yet.
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