Attitude is a big part of healing. Getting through some of the tougher times you face when dealing with a chronic illness requires an enormous amount of positive thinking. There is little we can control with illness. Our bodies betray us. No matter how much we try to fix what’s happening to us, there are certain things we cannot stop nor have power to change. Sometimes you have to step back, make an effort to realize that although you cannot control your illness, what you can control is your attitude and your decisions on how to handle your feelings about what you’re dealing with. It’s a state of mind to choose whether or not you want to make the best out of the hand you are dealt. You can choose to have a better quality of life, or you can wallow in self pity; having very little enjoyment because of a choice you have made to think that way.
Don’t get me wrong, we’re going to have moments of weakness. I will be the first to say that I throw myself a pretty good pity party once in a while. However, I don’t get stuck there. I pick myself up. I brush myself off, and I decide to keep moving forward. I think of all the things in life that I cherish, people that I love, things-despite limitations-I enjoy doing, and even though I might think whatever is happening to me is the worst possible thing, sadly there are so many people out there who have it indescribably worse-in so many different ways. I shouldn’t even complain. It’s time to bring out the best inside us. Attitude is everything.
“Everyone has his burden. What counts is how you carry it.” ~Merle Miller
QUESTION: Question of the Day: On a scale from 1-10, 1 being the worst, 10 being the best. How do you rate your attitude when dealing with your IBD? Share your thoughts on attitude with us!