I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, with perhaps a little bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.
~ J. B Priestley.
< EIGHT >
Each time I gaze into the eyes of an animal
I become engrossed in a dialogue so incredible
The feel of an animals skin as I caress
Transmits a sense of total pureness
Sensations that enters the heart & captures it altogether
Semsations that uplifts the spirit at any given moment 🐾🐾🐾🐾
This point also depends on an individuals personality..
I am passionate about animals & an ardent kruger fan, so love for animals swirls through my blood..
Note: Be careful & consult first when it comes to your specific type of illness & keeping / choosing a pet..
For instance, a pediatric specialist strictly advised: Birds & pets with lots of fur in the house are not advisable for people with lung & chest conditions. For some it triggers bad sinuses etc.
We’ve had chickens for many years until recent. The last beautiful rooster seemed to have gotten stolen 🙈. It would take walks to the neighbour’s during the day, then return home. But one day it didn’t return at all.
We definitely miss that cock-a doodle dooooooo early.. More so on a crisp summers morning ☀️
Had fish & they died.
Then I really wanted cockatiels, my sister in law bought a pair, only to realise with lung conditions & a malfunctioning immune system, it’s not good for me to be in close proximity to them. Moved them to another side. But they also require lots of attention which didn’t work out with us so she gave them to a neighbor who could care for them well.
Last we were surprised unexpectedly with a cute, adorable & naughty baby goat.. Who loves pampering & chases.
< NINE >
Meaningful poetry sung melodiously
Switch on the tune
Raise the volume
And let it refuel
The engine of the body
Invigorate the diesel pumping through our veins…
Mainly Arabic & a few English choices on different topics 🎧🎶🎵🎤
There are beautiful ones pertaining to illness. When feeling run down, these are an instant mood booster.
Due to cardiac exhaustion, I can fall asleep any time – morning, day or night (if pain levels are low) Sometimes I crash on the bed & fall asleep immediately, but usually have a routine of first unwinding slowly from the entire day’s proceedings..
When there is no time for quiet, there is no time for the soul to grow”
– A touch of wonder
I unwind by
📕 Reading sometimes
📝 Write a few notes of thoughts or experiences…
🎧 Listen to poetry, Qur’aanic verses – meditate over it.
📿 Hymn recitals in my mind..
🤲 Supplicate for myself & everyone around the world
💤💤💤💤 Then fall asleep.
The thoughts we sleep upon subconsciously effects our bodies, sometimes leading to such types of dreams.. Therefore, we are encouraged to sleep on a good note – with positive, calming thoughts or sounds to linger on the mind.
If someone wishes to comment, chat or share any of the poetry I am referring to, you’re more than welcome to do so!!
< TEN >
Relating an anecdote
Becomes an antidote
Strapping an unsaid tale causes the burden to become heavier.
So speak / release in a manner you feel comfortable. Each person is different. Some write, some speak, some are silent & have their own letting go methods.
Of course, not every person has the time to write. Or writing may not be there thing. There are busy moms, dad’s & grandparents who battle chronic illnesses.
Writing assists healing & allows me to move on from a traumatic or unpleasant experience faster..
Talking always untied the chains of painful feelings & I was also a person who loved to write.. Anything.
All a perfect plan of my merciful creator who made it an intrinsic nature, knowing a time will come where writing would have to replace communication & talking capabilities..
It declutters the mind from unnecessary garbage. Cleans the space, keeping it free for good to enter, retain & reflect there from.
Speech & actions are prompted from the avenues we channel our senses. Be smart with these decisions & let the time involved become an investment.
Sometimes there is no control over the things we’re made to hear in terms of torments, false accusations, negativity.. Writing becomes a therapy. Unbolts a door of freedom from being bondage to another’s actions or words.
I’ve also mentioned the benefits of writing briefly in the following chapter
< ELEVEN >
Just one act of kindness, proves to alleviate sadness.
One good act a day, keeps a little stress at bay
It is sufficient to uplift our own spirits.
Sprout few shoots from 1 seed.
I was pondering over this a few days back & it so happened, a friend posted the same:
Nothing in the nature lives for itself
Rivers don’t drink their own water
Trees don’t eat their own fruit
Sun doesn’t give heat for itself
Flowers don’t spread fragrances for themselves
Living for others is the rule of nature.
But there is also a fine line. Sprinkle help & kindness, at the same time do NOT exceed limits, else the repercussions of assisting another may turn to be more detrimental than beneficial. We can become burnt out in the process whilst already functioning most of the time on low battery mode.
Set aside: Priorities – Time for yourself – Time for others – Mark limits.
According to the severity, some chronic illnesses don’t really allow a structured routine. The forecast & bodily barometer changes within seconds. Learn to say no without being apologetic. It’s difficult but necessary.
(Self care is a seperate topic.)
I wrote this quote of Mahatma Ghandi in the same chapter (of what keeps me going) a year ago & to my amazement, whilst beginning a new journal yesterday, the same quote appeared as a reminder:
The best way to find yourself is to loose yourself in the service others.
In simple but sincere ways;
Two days ago i went to the store for a few minutes & as we left, the assistant warmly & cheerfully shook my arm saying: “Heyyy get well, get well nicely neh”
A random, yet heartwarming gesture that definitely makes a cruel & bitter world better
< TWELVE >
Being a member of RDSA – Rare Diseases South Africa
Knowing that we have a vocalized team or group as a backbone reduces the weight of being medically complex..
Having aid in terms of health care advocacy creates easier access & affordability to treatment for some
Meeting people some of whom may have the same illness or different but with whom we ultimately relate..
Here our instincts inform us who is fit to be included among the tribe of our vibes.
(So know that you’re considered special if you’re included in mines because I don’t trust easily & many 👅👅👅 authenticity is the lost component of society)
Being a part of this wonderful community & giving back enhances our sense of belonging..
As stated: When I is replaced with We, even illness changes to wellness..