You know, the part of the Serenity Prayer about “grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change”? Many current circumstances provide opportunities to practice. I am endeavoring to accept these situations as they are:
- Distance holidays
- Presidential transition
- Changes in plans as virus goes viral
- Chronic pain
There are a few things I accept but continue efforts to handle, minimize, or otherwise improve include frequency and intensity of pain as well as the need for regular stretching,
It’s hard enough to accept the physical toll required just for life’s regular bumps and bruises, slips and trips, without having to come to terms with chronic illness and pain. This is where I find myself, at the start of a new chapter. Current focus is seeing myself as myself with some extra consideration needed for activities and plans rather than my recent view of myself as a patient, defined by illness, injury, and pain.