This week I am reflecting upon what it means to show up when you are living with a chronic illness. I am participating in a coaching group, journaling class, and writer’s workshop. It requires me to just show up. I get that … It is important to do the work.
The past few days I have pondered the question – What does it mean to show up for your life when you are ill? It’s a big question. For me, it is easier to show up for all those other things. After all, I made the commitment and paid my money. It is easy for me to keep the commitments I make to others…. not so easy to keep the commitments to myself.
What does showing up for my illness look like?
Showing up for my illness(es) means that I take responsibility and honor the commitments I make to myself to:
- eat healthy foods,
- move some each day (don’t want to call it exercise),
- be of service to another (even if all I can muster is a smile),
- and spend some time doing things that nourish my soul like gathering with friends and family or being creative.