A mini Vacation, sounds like a lot of hassle for whAt?!! Do you feel overwhelmed in your life, unable to think, focus, or even connect with loved ones. I was feeling this way, and a little in the dumps. John was feeling depressed from ongoing physical and emotional fatigue. Everyone around me found that I was quite irritable. Where was my Joy?
My husband is experiencing the sad effects of Feltsie syndtome. A type of rhummatoid arthritis. After almost a year of uncertainty, appointments, meds, scans, and anemia w low platelet count it became too much for both of us. He finally had his spleen removed. His platelets are up but he still feels bad and is twenty pounds underweight. Did I mention we went through this eight years ago with me? Neither of us have a spleen now. Chronic Illness is taking it’s toll on him, so we are trying to find ways to renew optimism and Joy.
We went to a special clinic for him to be examined and that he may recieve a beneficial treatment plan. We decided to plan a couple fun activities. Neither of us have a lot of energy so we chose to keep our plan simple and flexible. It worked!
This is the way. First, his appointment was in a city a few hours away. We knew we did not want to drive a long way early before the appointment so we booked the hotel and got a nice place at the LaQuinta. We chose a more spacious room and got it for a few days so we would not have to drive home after the appointment either. The drive was nice, no rushing, stop, get out and stretch. The day of appointment, we got a nice lunch after and went to a Motorsport museum later after a nap. Then rested the evening. The next day we went to a zoo and it was such a nice experience. Back to room for a rest then out for an early dinner and a relaxing evening. Then we met with some friends for lunch and headed home. We had a good time and it was a nice break.
The reprieve gave us a readjusted viewpoint with Joy. The Joy feeds endurance something we all need.
Now, I think I want to focus on joy a little longer, I am going to the website jw.org and look up Joy so I can incorporate it into my daily life a little more.
PS. A habit I am trying to practice, which is a challenge for me, litl’ Ms. Haphazard. Making the time to neaten the inside of my car and wipe it down. A long time ago I decided Friday is the most suitable and beneficial day for me to do this. Yet, it rarely happens and I do not know why. However, although, it currently is not a weekly habit as I would desire. I have been more mindful about cleaning my car out on Fridays and I occasionally do it. The beneficial results give me a sense of satisfaction. A Friday does not go by that I do not think of it now. Tonight, it was beautiful out, a nice breeze. With about six cats choosing to walk around and inspect, I was able to wipe down all interior surfaces while enjoying nighttime noises. It was not difficult and I enjoyed this quiet time. The feel good feeling was so satisfying, that when I saw my husband after, I decided not to even mention it. Do we really need to hear Good Job!? Oh, I am like everyone, I love to hear it. But to just feel it secretly, only my Great creator and I. Was that also a mini Vacation?!
Author of this and all articles on fatfitanfab.com Gina Rydin