“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?