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11 Things to Do if You Get Sick

Written by Donna Schaper

Illness -serious or not- is no fun.  Here are some things to think about and try the next time you are sick.  Meanwhile, take your vitamins.


1
Don't blame yourself.

Almost everybody gets sick.


2
You can still be well while you are sick.

Jesus constantly says, "Your faith has made you well."  He doesn't say you will never get sick.


3
Wrestle the trouble for its blessing.

Wrestle it to the ground.  If hooked by it, pull the hook all the way through.


4
Learn to accept care.

Those who love or like you will feel as helpless as you do.  Help them by letting them help you.


5
Be appreciative every day in some way to those who care for you.

Spouse, partner, doctor, gardener, aid, pizza deliverer.  Learn to say thank you.  Make a ritual out of it.


6
Make a different kind of To Do List.

Rest.  Rest some more.  Rest in the morning.  Rest again in the afternoon.  Rest again in the evening.  Learn to rest well.  Check off your resting times on your To Do List. Feel worthy while resting.


7
Listen to music.

Listen to the music you most love.  Find something new.  Ask for the list of your caretaker's favorites.  Listen to them.


8
Don't let clutter build up on your tray.

Clean up.  Make your space alive and fresh.  Freshen up.  Find an excuse to wear a new outfit or to buy one.


9
Surprise your caregivers.

Notice what they might be doing if they weren't here with you.  As Simone Weil said, pay attention to suffering, not just yours, but theirs.


10
Receive - and - give a healing touch.

Keep a smile in your voice and in your eyes.


11
Develop rituals.

Create for yourself some ceremonial space; uncluttered, peaceful, and accepting.  Have a way to start the morning and to end the evening. Pray, if you can.

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