I like to think I look like everything is okay.
I like to smile, and put on the front that I am fine.
Having an autoimmune disease will do that to you.
Most days, I am okay. Most days, that smile is genuine. Some days, though, there is a quiet strength behind that smile.
We spent a lot of time this past Sunday at church talking about our thoughts. Truly, what we choose to focus on in our mind impacts our choices and response to our world around us.
I just had a conversation with my son. I reminded him that everyone is fighting a battle of some sort. People often act in a way they do because they are trying to project an image that they have it all together.
So, I smile because I want to keep pushing on. I am a fighter. My quiet strength is founded upon my belief that God has a plan for me. I trust that He will carry me through every challenge.
I don’t talk about my ulcerative colitis often. It’s just part of my life. I don’t allow it to define or control my life. I am grateful my UC is mild compared to so many others. I am so incredibly tired in my current season. Fatigue is an unwelcome friend to UC. Yet, I push on because I have life to do- goals, dreams, and well…dishes to do, laundry to fold, bills to pay. So, I smile and push on.
Every smile has an untold story behind it.
Your mind is a powerful thing…be careful of your thoughts you entertain. They impact you greatly.
My favorite quote to leave you with….In a world where you can be anything, be kind.
What favorite quote, saying, scripture inspires you?