The Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino

This is one of the best ways I have found to explain invisible illness to those who don’t understand. I have also learned to pray without ceasing which is a good thing anyway.

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I just read this article by by Christine Miserandino called The Spoon Theory.

http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com – See more at: http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory/#sthash.Z6ekoAKf.dpuf

She describes how and when she came up with this way of communicating to others, what having an invisible illness is like.

Christina has Lupus, which causes a lot of fatigue and pain. It is not something that people can see, but it is very real. She used this spoon theory to allow someone to experience a day of having to make choices, based on a limited amount of energy and ability to do things.

I really love the way she explained this and this article is worth reading, if you struggle with people not understanding your inability to keep up with everyone else, due to an invisible illness.

Invisible illness can be a chronic pain disorder or disease, or it can be a mental / emotional illness , or a neurological…

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Still living the Journey!

This life is so fragile. One misstep and so many people can be impacted. A car accident, a fall from a ladder or a fight of words with someone can change our world in a matter of seconds. We sometimes seem to have blinders on as we trudge through our stressful and time limited days. It is easy to overlook the miraculous creations that surround us. The ones that are insignificant until we make them significant on purpose.

One of my favorite things to do, to bring me back to a level place in my head, is to look at nature. To silence the voices in my head, to quiet my anxious heart, to ignore the pain, just for a moment, to ponder the bloom on a rose. Simply breathe and look at the pedals, their ends, their stems, their thorns. I sometimes wonder how nature knows what to do and when to do it. Without a brain for thought, they simply exist. Something that would be utterly magnificent to be able to do. Just be! Think about it for a moment. What does that look like for you?

Father, Help me see Your miraculous creations in this world knowing that I am one too. In Jesus name, Amen.

Stay safe and God bless.

Image courtesy of Hubble Space Telescope, titled “Butterfly Nebula NGC 6302”.