Declaration of Peace

The cease fire of the armed conflict with myself outlines mutually agreed upon obligations. Both parties consent to:

Disarmament to include insults, both real and imagined, self-doubt, pessimistic outlook, and any other efforts to injure.

Revisiting the past will focus only on positive memories. Negative events are deleted and no longer available for review.

Breathing counts as a daily activity and will occasionally include use of the diaphragm for deep inhalation. Choosing continued respiration is a worthy goal and deserves credit.

Declining invitations will serve, when appropriate, as an opportunity to share with a friend or relative current circumstances. Receiving understanding and support contributes positively to health.

Laughing is encouraged daily when possible. The physical benefits can’t be quantified and are an antidote to dwelling on personal shortcomings.

Future planning and goals will be realistically planned around limitations as they currently exist and may be modified as conditions change.

The opinions and perspectives of others will be considered for usefulness and support. Suggestions, diagnoses, and cures from family and friends are acceptable for further exploration if the intention is positive. Do not reject these out of hand, unless they’re bullshit.

Reading of this cease fire will occur at least twice a week in order to refresh understanding of these obligations to self and their importance.

I am who I am today, whatever my circumstances. There is no pressure to be anything else. People who love me know who I am.

Published by Sara, short reads

I'm a middle-aged wife and mother of two adult sons. I've been a teacher, counselor, medical transcriptionist, student teacher supervisor, substitute teacher and retail clerk. Staying home now due to fibromyalgia. Seeking purpose.

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