Now, January has actually been a different story. It arrived with a big boom of brazen M madness. Ugh! What was happening here? On January 1, I experienced my own version of the new year hangover but not caused by too much happy drink as it were. No, it was the all too familiar M hangover of a myriad of symptoms which weren't too pretty. I was at the end of my botox run and was due for another treatment in the second week. I practically crawled all the way to the office in Hartford. My sweet and gracious headache specialist took such good care of me and offered hope and encouragement as he always does. He is balm for my soul when I have close to meltdowns in front of him. He GETS it. He FEELS it. He LIVES with it.
Returning home and enduring the past few weeks have left me feeling like I have been at the intersection of hope and disappointment. I came to the red light and have briefly stopped my journey to pause and reflect. I am a bit worn down but still carry much HOPE within me. I fully realize that living in the daily-ness of this chronic illness, I need to constantly readjust my sails according to the way the winds blow. This is a given for survival as well as fully living. Over the years, I am proud of myself in developing the necessary coping skills. However, it is all because of God's loving and merciful hands all over me with His constant guidance and protection that give me my daily strength. I consider my circumstances ALL GRACE.
So it is time now to start back on a new road to take off to new adventures. I have a few in mind, and I intend to chase after them.. I intend to pray for bravery and a new found trust in what lies ahead. I intend to look for miracles in my sometimes messy and mundane life.
"And miracles happen whenever the emptiest places are made into a dwellling place for God," says one of my favorite authors, Ann Voscamp.
I pray to also allow myself space to hold onto both hope and disappointment on any given day and just be with those feelings. I pray I will do so without judgement. Learning to accept the constant ups and downs is one of my big intentions for this year.
No matter your current circumstances which may find you at your intersection of hope and disappointment, I invite you to just sit with your feelings as well without judgement. Give them time and attention. Learn from them and move on...
I bet you will discover wonderous miracles.