It occurred to me that the goal is always the same; put the pieces together to create a beautiful picture. It also occurred to me that not every puzzle is solvable in the same manner. Each and every one is unique, with its' own strengths and weaknesses.
Some puzzles are easy peasy, others can be quite difficult. Either way, I am up for the challenge!
Living with cancer that is chronic is much the same way; some days are easy peasy, others much more difficult. Fortunately, nine years down the road, I have many more easy peasy days, than difficult ones, so it is easy to tackle the puzzle of life in a grand way; putting "chunks together" quickly, to create beautiful moments in time.
Those moments could be as minute as completing all of my laundry in one day, to the greater grandeur of moving thousands of miles to begin a new life adventure. These are the days that help me to push through the ones that are not as pleasant.
On the difficult days, I just take life one "piece" at a time.
1. Get up.
2. Maybe get dressed; maybe not.
3. Maybe eat; maybe not.
4. Snuggle with a blanket and heating pad.
5. Find a distraction; crochet, knit, watch a sappy movie, or attempt to solve a puzzle.
6. Try not to focus on the pain or nausea.
7. Whine a little. 8. Laugh a lot.
9. Eat chocolate.
10. Drink something warm.
11. Accept the crappy day.
12. Laugh some more.
13. Go to bed and pray for a better tomorrow.
|Puzzling with friends!|
Be grateful for the easy peasy days and approach the difficult ones in whichever manner works best for you, and your current challenge. One step at a time, adding one and one and creating two, or putting together whole chunks of challenges quickly, thus creating your very own big, beautiful picture.
Also remember, that like a jigsaw puzzle, each and every single piece matters. Each and every piece requires thought and placement before it can become complete. When you first begin a puzzle, the pieces are scattered and chaotic, it is only after careful thought and consideration that they begin to take shape and order themselves; filling in the blanks and making sense.
Slowly, methodically they will begin to fit together and become whole. Life can easily become scattered and chaotic, it is how we deal with this chaos that dictates our existence. Strive to give all of your pieces the attention needed to live your best life.
And keep in mind, you are not alone and puzzling, just like life, is so much more enjoyable when shared with others!
Remember that it will not always be easy, but hopefully, it will always be worth it!
Happy Day, and blessings to all!
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