OK that was cynical. But we seem to have developed an entire year of these almost monthly events which push us to do or buy something. Or feel out of it if we don’t.
For me, today is an exception. When I was struggling with ME/CFS, I wasn’t very good at recognizing all the kind and thoughtful things people did for me - family, friends and strangers too. Unfortunately, for a good part of my struggle, I was seeing everything through a veil of angst – anxiety about my situation tinged with hope for resolution. This sometimes kept me from seeing the people around me who cared and wanted to support me. I often forgot, caught up in my own wrestling match of emotions and physical malfunctions, that those around me were feeling some of the same helplessness – not sure of what to say, what to do or when to just be present for me.
For some reason, on the first Valentine’s Day after I was beginning to feel strong again, I felt the desire to express my ‘love’ and appreciation to those who were supporting me. It started a tradition that I still follow. Today has become a reminder day for me to stop for a moment and make sure that I let the people in my life know how much they mean to me and how much I appreciate them. Yes, that’s hokey. But I prefer it to cynicism.
Are you making time to let people know how much you appreciate them? Please COMMENT or Send in your thoughts and I’ll post them. You can use the Contact Form or send an email to Martha at DefeatCFS dot net.
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Be Well Again,