Living Within My Limits

Based on a true story! 🤣

“And see that all things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order.”

Have you ever had a really good day and celebrated by jumping up and down with excitement, only to throw out your hip and ruin the rest of your week? Oh, it’s just me then? Well, I guess we all have our different challenges!

My chronic illnesses are always there, but some days are a lot worse than others. On the rare occasion that I have a few days in a row where I actually feel normal, I’m so excited that I can hardly contain myself! I pack my day full of activities and try to squeeze in all of the things that I haven’t been able to do. I decide to go for that chocolate cake I probably shouldn’t be eating or do something stupid like rollerblading or standing for hours at a time. And inevitably, I crash.

Even if I didn’t have any health issues, I think I would still struggle with running faster than I’m able. I’ve always been an over-achiever. Nothing makes me feel better than sitting down and knowing that I have accomplished something by the end of the day. But living with a chronic illness has taught me how to respect my body and to slow down and enjoy the roses. It’s okay if I can’t do everything, and my best effort is always enough.

So next time you see me on a good day I may not be jumping up and down for joy- but you better believe that I’m going to be enjoying myself! Every day- both the good and the bad- is a blessing; and I try to make the most out of each of them, while still respecting my body and its limits.

Are you an over-achiever? How do you pace yourself and make sure that you’re doing all that you can while still staying within your abilities?

2 Comments

  1. Hi Ashley, I just was introduced to you by a LDS Living. I read the article about you and your chronic illnesses. I was truly directed to you today because of the mental struggle that I have been having with myself, you have reminded me to focus more on the Savior more than on my goals and things that I want to do with my life but can’t. I have been living with a chronic illness and pain for years and I use to have good days but now they are all just bad days and it has been hard to focus on anything other than the pain and fatigue. I think the worse part for me is the disappointment, quilt and anger I feel for not being able to function like I use to. I want my old life back and be able to run and play with my grandchildren. I ‘m not able to function and I feel quite worthless, I feel like I am drowning. I’m turning 65 this year and have dealt with chronic illnesses most of my life and as I am getting older it is getting worse. My life is just not what I thought it would be at this age of the game and I’m alone. Thank you for your up lifting posts and the example that you are to all. This has given me strength today. Sincerely, Joanne

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    1. Thank you for sharing Joanne. I’m sorry to hear that you are suffering so much. I want you to know that you are not alone in this struggle and that your worth is so much greater than the sum of the things that you accomplish in this life. God numbers the very hairs on your head, and nothing that you can or cannot do will change His love for you. I know it may be hard to understand why this is happening now, and only you can answer that question for yourself, but I pray that you will be able to find that answer and that you will find peace and joy on this journey.

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