Jessica of Turkey Cookies posed a question in a recent post:
A question for you- Starting out this month of May, what is one word you would give it at the beginning of the month? Acknowledge it and write it down. It could be 'quiet' or 'hopeful' or 'calm.' I think laying the groundwork for a good month is important.
I am, naturally, five days late, but I'd like to play anyway.
I've been thinking a lot lately. My mind has been spinning with all sorts of things Rheumatoid Arthritis related. I've been reading articles and books. What does it mean to have something chronic? What does it mean to have an auto-immune illness? What does it all mean practically, emotionally, physically, psychologically, spiritually, and in terms of footwear?
Today, I picked India and her friend Gigi up from school, and I was getting annoyed because the girls were running around picking dandelions and buttercups and ignoring my pleas for them to get into the car already. I wanted them to stop playing in the sun-dappled field, so that I could get home to do laundry and putter five minutes sooner. I realized as they chased a butterfly that I was crazy not to enjoy this minute, and not to let them enjoy it.
My word for this month is JOY. I am going to pay attention to joyful moments in my everyday life, because I am usually prone to let them pass by unnoticed, and that is truly a shame. I won't be able to completely stop my mind from spinning over great and small questions, but maybe I can cut in every so often with a moment of joy.