The definition of invisible is “unable to be seen; not visible to the naked eye.” Fibromyalgia is often called an invisible condition because people suffering from it don’t look sick. But we feel it. Marked by widespread pain and fatigue, sleeping issues, and “fibrofog,” many people with this condition put on their happy face and go about their day, all the while suffering in silence. We call ourselves FibroWarriors.
Let’s face it, dealing with a chronic condition such as fibromyalgia or chronic pain can easily lead to depression and mood swings, as well as feelings of isolation and helplessness. These feelings can increase as the pain or flare lingers on and you are able to accomplish less. I know. I have been there. So for International Day of Happiness I wanted to take a moment to share some happiness, spread a little joy, and give you three quick tips to experience more happiness in your day.
“Let your smile change the world, don’t let the world change your smile.” ~ Connor Franta
Since the subtitle of my blog is “Finding Inspiration in Everyday Life” I decided it was a fine time to start a regular series on the topic. So welcome to the first edition for March, 2018. Continue reading “10 Things to Inspire You This Month”
Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.
Lately putting together a blog post has been tough, as I have been incredibly busy while still pushing through my neck pain, which then flares my fibromyalgia. I feel like I have lost some of my zip. Work, volunteering on the board of a non-profit, and life in general keeps me busy and tired. But as this is National Volunteer Week, I thought I would share a collection of my favorite inspirational quotes bring the point of volunteering home. I wrote about this a few months back in a post called I Can Do Something, inspired by this quote:
“I can’t do everything but I can do SOMETHING. I will not let the things I cannot do prevent me from doing the things I can.” ~ Helen Keller
So why do I volunteer?
- Giving back to small businesses or non-profit organizations helps society. There are organizations that just couldn’t do what they manage to accomplish without the help of volunteers, given their limited resources.
- Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose and the ability to contribute to a cause you care about while sharing your talents.
- Volunteering helps you build relationships with others who are also passionate about your cause, and gives you a community to belong to.
Do you wait for opportunities to come your way, or do you make the most of every situation? I prefer to make the most out of everything, which is why my blog is subtitled “Finding Inspiration in Every Day Life”.