Thursday, March 13, 2008

Master or Slave?

Thought for the day.

Are you a master of your body and physical appetites? or are you a slave to them?

I would definitely say that I have been enslaved for years by my physical body and appetites. No more, I am taking control, going to change what I can.

Many people are trapped in their bodies, by things that they have no control over. They have to change their lives so they can live to fullest with what they have. They change their minds to accept and find ways to cope. I have an eye condition that I have no control over, but over the years I have accepted it. I know that I can control how I deal with the flares and my attitude about not being able to see. I have taken as much control with my eyes as I can. I take care of them, I am proactive, I get treatment, I communicate with my eye doctors. I have searched for specialists to help me with my condition. We have moved to make it easier for me to get around during a flare. I have been blessed with a great family and bunch of friends who support me.

I have a friend who recently has been diagnosed with Epilepsy. This has created a great hardship for her and her family. She is one of the most active people I know. She is involved in her church and community, does lots of volunteer work. She is very well respected by all who know her. She is an inspiration to me. Right now she cannot drive. And the seizures are not under control yet. I know she feels like a prisoner in her own body. Her attitude is fabulous. She laughs and talks about sounding like a drunken sailor. She is taking this time to reevaluate her life. To see what she can actually accomplish during this time of change. She is not sitting around feeling sorry for herself (although I am sure she has her moments, she is human) but she is doing as much as she can to help herself. Very important here, she is accepting help for what she cannot do by herself. She is allowing others to serve her. She has served so many people in her life, it is hard to be the one on the receiving end of service sometimes. But she has humbled herself and is taking it one day at a time. I just love her. What an inspiration she has been to me in the past and now.

You know there is wisdom in the Serenity Prayer,

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

I know that right now there are things in my life that I have no control over, that I cannot change. But there is much I can change. My health is a major thing. It does really affect my entire life, every aspect. I can improve my life by changing my health. I can work out, I can make good food choices, I can stop drinking pop, I can drink more water. I can do so much more that I ever thought possible. I feel so alive and hopeful for a better life. I am so excited.

Go and have a better tomorrow.


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