July Reflections

Bothering, Demanding, Nourishing, Telecommunicating, and Tolerating are the prompts for July with A Chronic Voice’s July Linky. I’ll be contributing, along with many other great bloggers who write about chronic illness. Each month we have a new set of words to inspire us to write about how chronic illness affects us.

July was just another month on the calendar that convinced me, yet again, that this year is flying by. 2020 has been a month filled with ups and downs. With the coronavirus, the downs have definitely outweighed the ups. Living through months of quarantine isn’t easy, but I still will count my blessings. I’m thankful that my family hasn’t contracted the virus.

pajamas

Bothering

One thing that I’ve not been bothering to do is wear real clothes. There have been too many days that I haven’t bothered to change out of my pajamas. Hubby has joined me in this bad habit. Even my college guy wears pajamas many days. He doesn’t feel like dressing up for online classes. We all look like bums!

Demanding

Because of being stuck at home for so long, family members can really get on each other’s nerves. Some days it doesn’t take much to annoy each other. Thankfully, we haven’t gotten bitter or mad. Demanding to have things my way isn’t a good thing, especially now. We all need to be less demanding in our homes. Being more patient than usual is really needed to keep our homes peaceful and loving.

Nourishing

Nourishing our bodies and minds is something that I need to improve on. Because I don’t feel like cooking, my diet hasn’t been very nourishing. To help my body do the best it can do for healing I need to eat a very nutritious diet. Nourishing my mind could be improved by turning off the television more and replacing some of my wasted time with listening to soothing music or reading my Bible.

Telecommunicating

Telecommunicating has become the norm. We try to replace face to face meetings with zoom or face-time. I’m thankful that most of my doctor’s appointments have been on zoom. It’s easy to stay at home and just talk to my doctor. I have two zoom appointments set up.

I’m very sad that I can only speak to my children and grandchild by phone or text. I miss them so much, but don’t feel like it’s safe to travel. I miss hugging my kids and seeing them face to face. I pray for the day when I visit them and hope that it will come soon. But, I must be willing to sacrifice my wants right now.

kindness

Tolerating

Tolerating is an important word! I find it hard to tolerate some things. The virus has caused many people to be intolerant of face masks and lockdowns. Some people don’t want to be told what to do, but that shouldn’t be the issue. We should be willing to protect each other. Many of us don’t have strong bodies that can withstand covid-19, and I believe that we should all care about our fellow man.

Tolerant thinking shouldn’t be a political issue. Caring about each other and the vulnerabilities of others, is actually pretty easy. Wearing a mask is a little uncomfortable, but can’t we all tolerate a little discomfort to save a life?

I think the July prompts are very easy to write about during this crazy time in our world. The best thing that I can do when things feel the most distressing is to unplug and spend time in prayer. I know God is hearing and answering prayer, and I pray for my family and you dear readers. Please take care.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. I Corinthians 13: 4-7

@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. My opinions in this post are not to be taken as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.

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2 Responses

  1. Great, thoughtful post!

    I don’t normally leave the house all that much, so we’re not having the “not getting dressed problem” so many seem to be having! ha ha No matter how bad I feel, changing into “real” clothes in the morning helps me get my day started 🙂

    I could relate, though, to starting to annoy each other! ha ha We are also trying to be kind and tolerant. I so agree with what you said that tolerance (and compassion and kindness) are not political. I’ve gotten to the point that being on social media is upsetting, outside of the “safe spaces” created by the chronic illness community – people just seem extra judgmental right now. It’s stressful.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts for July!

    Sue

    New Book: Finding a New Normal: Living Your Best Life with Chronic Illness

  2. Lisa says:

    I love how our group of chronic illness bloggers are so kind and compassionate, too 🙂 We need that especially during this more stressful time. I’m glad that you’re staying safe. Happy 4th 🙂

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