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Count Your Blessings

Posted Aug 23 2008 10:04pm
When I was a kid, one of my favorite songs was from the movie, White Christmas, called "Count your Blessings". I think that those lyrics are so true and always stick in my head when I'm having a bad day. " When your weary and you can't sleep, just count your blessings, instead of sheep and you'll fall asleep counting your blessings." Whenever I'm having a really bad day or am feeling really frustrated, I always try to go back to those lyrics and remember the things I'm really lucky to have in my life. Those words can be applied to almost anything in your life and certainly in the life of a lupus patient.

All lupus sufferers have their hard times, and we all know how much we struggle just to get through the day, but we all have a choice. We can choose to be grateful for our friends and family, for the next door neighbor who checks in on you when your sick, or just the fact that there is a clear blue sky outside. We can also choose to focus on the fact that your back hurts, you have a rash on your cheek or that you are stuck in a hospital bed. These are the choices that we are faced with every day.

If you ask me, it takes a lot less effort and work to be grateful for the people in my life and the things with which I am blessed than it does to complain about my pain and drag everyone down around me. I honestly don't have enough energy these days to keep trying to do both, and today, I am going to choose to be the kind of person who's going to look at the positive things in my life. That may sound corny and like it belongs in a hallmark card, but it doesn't make it any less true.

When things are bad, and let's face it, we all have bad times, there are still options. You can spend your days being miserable and laying around glowering at the people around you. That's one choice. Another choice is that you could look at the fact that there are people around you who care about you and that are trying to help make things better for you. I'm not being naive and stupid, I know it's hard to focus on the positive when your legs are throbbing and you are stuck taking three pounds of medicine.

Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy. It's a trite saying, but that doesn't make it any less true. If you make the hard choice to focus on what blessings you've been given, I can promise you that your life is going to be much better than if you sit around feeling sorry for yourself. I use to be a singer and maybe why I tend to remember things in songs, but I think this tune is one worth remembering. You go ahead and count your blessings for a while, I think you'll see it makes life a little bit easier.

"Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?"

~Dennis and Wendy Mannering
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