Lessons from Being Sick

“While it’s true there isn’t an actual devil out there grabbing for our souls, there is a tendency in our minds, which can be amazingly strong, to perceive without love.” – Marianne Williamson

I’ve continued to have a little bit of a sore throat and have been feeling tired. And a part of me hates them and wants to fight against them. This part wants the sickness to go away, fast. 

Then a different part keeps telling me I’ll be sick forever and I’ll be extra tired forever and isn’t my life hard.

It’s easy for my mind to go all kinds of negative places which I think is what Marianne is talking about. To feel mad or sorry for myself or scared.

It’s been a practice to keep my mind out of the negative. I ask, “What can I learn from this? What can I be grateful for?” and my mind shifts.

Marianne writes, “And that’s what a miracle is: a parting of the mists, a shift in perception, a return to love.”

I’m learning to trust the universe and God more. To trust that everything will be okay if I rest more and work less. And miracles happen, an old client I haven’t heard from in months reaches out to work together again, an old investment matures and the interest is paid out to my account.

I’m also learning to ask for help more. Help with groceries and getting what I need. And so many miracles have been happening here. A friend delivers mangos, strawberries, blueberries, and homemade bone broth. Another friend delivers a mountain of kale, ginger, garlic, and lemon. Yet another brings squash soup and an immune-boosting shot of fresh lemon and ginger juice.

Friends from afar write messages and check in.

I’m overwhelmed by this generosity and care. I try to take it all in and allow the gratitude and love all the way into my belly.

“And that’s what a miracle is: a parting of the mists, a shift in perception, a return to love.”

I can choose to stay in a place of self pity.  I can choose to hate being sick or I can choose to think of the friends that I love and who are supporting me.

And you can too.

With whatever you’re faced with today, ask yourself, “What can I learn from this? What can I be grateful for?” and see what shifts.

And yes these times are hard and this is a collective trauma so please be gentle with yourself. If you’re heartbroken or enraged or incredibly anxious, that’s okay. You don’t have to be grateful all of the time. But when the time is right, these questions are here for you.

And one of the things that’s helping me get through this is finding ways to help others. I can’t bring friends groceries right now but there are other things I can do. So here are a few things that might help you:

    1. If you’re experiencing anxiety because of everything that’s happening – listen to the latest episode of my podcast where you’ll learn how working with your inner child can soothe your current anxiety. 
    2. If you want to be in a sacred circle to receive emotional support with other female-identified entrepreneurs join us tomorrow (April 24, 2020) at 1:30 pm for the Steering Your Biz Through Crisis workshop. Register here – tinyurl.com/steeringyourbiz
    3. If you’re going through something hard, please reach out. If you leave a reply or comment, I promise to write you back and sending you all the supportive energy I can :).

Thanks for listening.

Sending love to you and your close people.

We’ll get through this together.

Talk soon,
Bryn

Author: Bryn Bamber

Career Coach Bryn Bamber helps people like you find a career that’s aligned with your goals. Her Burnout to Brilliance program teaches you how to make small shifts that will free up tons of energy for the things you really love. Start today with your FREE Checklist: Decrease Stress and Get an Hour of Your Day Back! Get it here - tinyurl.com/getanhourback. Learn more about Bryn & the Burnout to Brilliance program at www.brynbamber.com.

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