Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Change of Perspective - Good Health is Key

I'm sure by now you have heard the sickness hit us earlier this spring. Right at the end of Spring Break. Brady first, then me, then Britt and then Brailey. I have to say, it hit me the hardest out of everyone. I was down for nine days straight, which is unheard of for me, and it took a couple of weeks after those nine days for me to feel 100%. It affected my mind, my spirit and, obviously, my body. I am always reminded whenever I am sick how it feels like you will never, ever be well again and how incredibly precious good health is and more than anything, how important it is to be grateful for good health on a daily basis. In other words, I am reminded how spoiled rotten I am with good health overall.

In any case, this flu bug we had, whatever virus it was, rocked my world. I am not one to get a flu shot - I think the body is meant to fight those bugs, but the bugs are getting stronger, and I may have to rethink my position on them. Brady has decided he is going to get a flu shot next year for absolute certain. I'm still on the fence.

When you get sick, though, it does bring some things to light. Like the fact that I need to teach my kiddos how to do laundry, including folding the clothes. This is so easy for me to do, I always just do it. But it is something they need to learn how to do. Summer goals! Overall, though, it was nice to see that my kiddos are fairly self-sufficient. Even though I still make their lunches, they were able to make their own. They were also able to make their own breakfast. I did notice their lunches and self-made breakfasts were not the healthiest. This reiterated for me that it is okay to still make them a hot breakfast and to pack their lunches. I often wonder why people think it is so important for kids to do this themselves. I am happy to see that my kids can do it if they need to, but thankfully, they don't need to, and it makes me feel good to know what they are eating, for the most part. After all, their brains are still growing! Food is so important, and it is one of the most difficult things we deal with our entire lives, and so why not give them a break and help them for as long as I can?

While I was sick, I read several books. I watched an incredible amount of TV. Ironically, during the time I was sick is when my presidential candidate was having an off week, and that is all the media focused on. The world is full of irony, isn't it?

Near the end, I was able to take to Brailey to her last dance competition, which I would have been forced to miss had I been healthy, because I would have been on my way home from Dallas. I was grateful to be there for her and to see her perform. We had a great trip, and I am grateful I didn't have to miss out on her dancing.

Now that I am healthy, I am focusing on being more grateful for my good health. It is comforting to know my family can make it without me, but they still need me and now they appreciate me more than ever. I am thrilled to my toes to be able to take care of things, because the absolute worst part of being sick was feeling inadequate. I love taking care of my family! And I'm not going to grumble about it, which I may have done a time or two in the past. I am happy to be able to clean up after them. They do a pretty decent job of picking up after themselves, but I am so thankful to be able to do what I do for them. More than anything, I am glad I am able to work from home. That is one of the biggest blessings ever, and I am incredibly lucky to be able to work from home and take care of everyone. It was all I could do to drive them to and from school when I was sick, but thank goodness I didn't have to call in sick to work. All my work was able to be put on the back burner, and guess what? It was still there when I came back to it, waiting patiently for me.

Now that I am back to full health, I have a million things I want to do, which normally makes me feel overwhelmed. Now? I am grateful to be able to do them. Being sick taught me that it is okay to slow down. I don't have to do it all. I can if I want to, but I don't have to. After years of living full throttle, it has been good for me to see that I can take it down a notch, and everything is still okay. I am going to do what I can to hold on to this gratitude and change of perspective for the rest of my life. It such a good life, and I am a lucky girl! 

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