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Count Your Blessings or Rehearse the Curse?

  blog post author icon   blog post published date icon   01/08/11

Disease  Encouragement  Personal Growth  

How will you chose to frame your experiences- from the negative or the positive perspective?

Count Your Blessings or Rehearse the Curse?

  blog post author icon   blog post published date icon   01/08/11

Disease  Encouragement  Personal Growth  

How will you chose to frame your experiences- from the negative or the positive perspective?

This morning, as the sun woke me, glinting on the beautiful snow, I realized that we all have a choice every single moment of every single day. The choice to count my blessings, our rehearse my curse. What do I mean by that? Simple really. Every single day, we can direct our attitudes and thoughts in a way that views our life as a blessing, or as a curse.

I have Interstitial Cystitis, a condition I will have to live with and compensate for forever. For the last week, I've struggled with a low-grade fever from my IC, and it's been a big struggle to keep my mind on what is good, positive, and helpful. This bladder disease produces pain that is compared to that of cancer. Now, I only occasionally have flare ups, but 5 years ago, I was in excruciating pain and fevered every single day.

There were plenty of days in the middle of my struggle that I woke up in pain and angry at God, the world, and anyone else I could think of. I rehearsed the injustice of my life, what I would do if I could be better, be pain-free, not have to spend thousands of dollars and thousands of hours on this condition I was in. I rehearsed the curse. I focused on the negative. Then, over time, I realized that it was getting me nowhere- actually worse than nowhere- it was making me worse.

Over time, and with many days of relapsing into my rehearsing the curse, I began to count my blessing instead. My circumstances were just the same to begin with, but I began to try to see them in a different way: "Why do I have to suffer?" became "What can I learn from this season of pain? Because some day I will be healthy and help others." And that's when the change began to occur... where my health began to turn around. My mind and my attitude began to believe I could get well, and as I searched for the good, my eyes began opening up to new options for regaining health.

So today, it's your choice- count your blessing or rehearse the curse!

Libby Wright, author of Your Healthy Life Concierge blog

Libby Wright, mother of four who homeschools, is an original founder of in 2010. She suffered through challenging diseases including Interstitial Cystitis, Graves and Lyme. After years of little progress with traditional medicine, she pursued integrative medicine, applied what she learned, and got healthier. She became passionate about wanting others to experience the same "relief" she had come to know, and was born. She is now managing her illness with a lot of prayer, a lot of nutrition/supplements, and a little prescription medicine. She has been able to resume her normal life and, while there is no cure for her particular conditions, she is able to cope, enjoy every day, and encourage others.

Learn more about Libby Wright.

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