It can be so easy to fall into an internet black hole of symptoms when you notice something off. You wait, not so patiently, to hear back from your doctor, but pretty soon you find yourself Googling medical terms you don’t understand or trying to describe your symptoms and ending up with some horrendous disease that hasn’t been seen since the 1600s. Not me, of course.
Needing some inspiration though, I decided my problem was in my outlook. The way that I think about things really has a profound effect on my day. Giving thanks for tiny little blessings reminds me that I have blessings: morning fog giving the landscape a mysterious look, two pheasants frolicking on top of the round bales to impress a couple of hens, Curly the bull with all the curls drinking at the tank while I happen to be standing there, getting my trusty Z out to feed the cattle, sharing that first cup of coffee in the pre-dawn dark with my husband, two children who have so much to give to this world, Bitmojis that make my students laugh, soft horse whiskers on my cheek, a standing desk, ginger snaps, and yes, I can go on and on.
From my Google outlook search led me to Livestrong.com:
“In short, having a positive attitude provides improved coping skills when you are faced with challenges or adversity.”
“Optimism can play a part in helping the body fight off illness and disease.”
“Optimistic people can envision success and therefore are able to achieve goals. People are naturally drawn to others with happy, cheerful dispositions so friendships and relationships are easier to develop.”
Yes to all of this, and, pray, dance, sing, eat chocolate, and remember that no matter where you are, you are never alone.