I tend to look to look at the bright side of things. My whole life goal is all about trying to find those little happy moments in daily experiences-hence my blog! Okay, so something absolutely incredible has happened to me lately that taught me a valuable lesson.
For the last three years I have had a severe stomach infection. I’ve had a crazy amount food allergies under my name. I’ve had a few melt downs over this, but for the most part I tried to keep on living. This semester was my 4th and busiest semester for me. I found myself under a lot of stress and pressure. My days were non-stop. Until, I crashed. I mean I probably literally crashed into the wall I was so out of it(insert awkward laughter). A couple of weeks ago I got really sick. I won’t go into details, but I was having an excruciating amount of stomach pain. That night I ended spending the night in the E.R. Which ended up being exciting because I got to stay up for most of the night, watch Food Network and get rolled around in a wheelchair! I mean not everyone gets to say that’s how they spent their Sunday night!
After a couple weeks of having procedures and going to numerous doctors I finally was able to learn why I feel so sick! As of now I want to focus on what I learned.
- Sometimes we go, go, go, but we don’t listen to what our body is telling us. Slow down. I was really rushing going through school, I was planning on going to school year round and I was going to graduate with a bachelor’s degree by 20! Well now I can’t because I am too sick. You know what! This is a blessing. I am starting to see that there might be another purpose for me. By slowing down, taking, a deep breath, I am starting to find my purpose. Life isn’t meant to be one big stressful rushed moment! We came to learn and grow. We didn’t come to be stressed and angry! We truly have to let go!
- Our bodies are divinely created. Lately this has been hard for me to grasp because if my body was divinely created than why I am I so sick? Why is my body keeping me from doing what I want to do? I will answer these questions with the third thing I learned…
- Our bodies are so sacred that we have to take care of them. The greatest things in life have to be valued and treasured. One of the neatest parts of this experience is the after effects of my health problems. I will always have to be very strict with my diet. There are certain things that my body will never be able to process. I actually think this is very common in today’s world , but I won’t ever be able to have processed sugar, genetically modified food and processed food without feel sick. I get to spend my life learning to be healthy through natural foods. This experience has taught me to give my body foods that will nurture it. Just look at the prophet Daniel and the King’s food. Even back then the spirit was directing the people on what to eat to care of their bodies(Daniel 1:8-16). There are great blessing in this.
- Our infirmities will be our greatest blessing. Sometimes I feel sad because this beautiful sacred gift seemed to be given to me a little broken. Every day people are born with health effects. Whether it is emotionally, physically, or spiritually. Does that mean we are at impartial? I beg to differ. Our defects make us more whole! They teach us lessons that we wouldn’t have learned otherwise. That is a blessing and a gift in itself. I think it will take me my whole life to do this, but cherish the broken pieces. Being broken will make us whole(this is a complete oxymoron, but hopefully it makes sense).
- Learn to laugh…and cry! Life really hasn’t gone the way I’ve planned, but in itself that’s funny, right? In the end I think I like this plan a whole lot better because I am learning along the way. But life will sometimes be outright ridiculous because at the time nothing seems to work out. I’ve learned that it is OKAY to feel sad for a moment. Things happen and that is okay. I realized that being upset for a little while is okay as long as I let the sadness motivate me for the better in the end. Instead of dwelling on my infirmities I’ve been working on accepting, dealing with the problem and taking life head on! But of course with a lot of laughing and occasionally crying! 🙂