Today is the second of Jay’s Journey Challenge, in which I will endeavor to retrieve some meaningful thoughts from drafts I have in my flies. I found a Part 2 to my shingles experience which I believe is worth sharing. As you recall if you read “Shingles Happened,” I felt I had a very light case and since it was caught early, I did not expect a prolonged bout with this sickness. I didn’t get off quite as easily as I had at first thought. I had strange pain in my ear and face and quite a lot of itching and some nausea. By the end of this fourth week, all symptoms are minimal. I only mention this to prepare others for what to expect and to encourage them that you really can handle it with God’s help. The extreme stories are all over the internet, and I felt I should give some hope that you can and will survive shingles. The list of things I learned will be a helpful reminder to me, and I hope you’ll get a bit of encouragement yourself whether you experience shingles or some other affliction that disturbs your normally perfect life.
Yes, you’ve been through a lot the past few days, but you’ve learned a lot! Don’t forget what you learned:
- Take care of your body. Get the rest you need.
- Keep perspective. Realize what is most important, and it is not your work.
- No matter what goes wrong in your life, there are always those who have it worse.
- You can count on family and friends for support.
- Everything you read on the internet is not true or at least not true for you.
- Praying for others is a privilege.
- Praying for others is therapeutic.
- Praying for others is a blessing and a delight.
- Laughter is the best medicine.
- Naps are wonderful.
- Feeling good feels so good when you have felt bad.
- God listens.
- God speaks to you if you listen.
- There are a lot of nice people in the world.
- It is fun being nice to people even when you don’t feel like it.
- Nothing is more precious than time with God.
- You must be all right! With God’s help you have survived SHINGLES!
Thought for the Day: And as our travelers strike out again tomorrow to cover the remaining 1964 miles across this great country, how many miles will you cover tomorrow in moving toward being all that God has called you to be?